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Seen outside our back door, this morning…

We had a visitor come for breakfast this morning…




Then it noticed us looking and s/he must’ve been wondering what we we looking at,




We’ve had many tui visiting that particular tree, but this was the first time a kereru had turned up. (There are several kereru living in the area, plus a ruru in the hills not far from us. We often hear it’s lone, plaintive  cries on a still night.)

It was a real pleasure seeing this shy, beautiful creature so close and so trusting of us…



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  1. Matt
    6 September 2012 at 9:46 am

    A kereru in a callistemon!! I had a kereru in one my trees on the weekend. First one ever too. And the eastern rosellas are going crazier than a sake-ed up Japanese businessman for the cherry blossoms.

    • 6 September 2012 at 2:43 pm


      It’s our neighbours tree, so we’re hoping that they never chop it down.

      We want to plant natives on our property, and hopefully in years to come they’ll attract even more tui and kereru…

  2. 6 September 2012 at 10:35 am

    Tasty and delicious too, apparently…

  3. Kris R
    6 September 2012 at 10:52 am

    We have 2 that seem to go from house to house in our street and then start again however they love the big trees @ back of our place and sing alot which is so awesome…..

    • 6 September 2012 at 2:41 pm

      Indeed, Kris. They are such gorgeous creatures. The visiting tui are beautiful songsters as well.

      The next trees we plant will be a kowhai and a pohutukawa…

  4. Possum
    6 September 2012 at 12:20 pm

    lm waiting 4 my visitor’s 2 turn up, l usually have about 3 and when the tree’s have more coverage although worried with new neighbours shooting with BB gun and see he also has lazers, think he shld be at school. l have pic on my fb pg of the visitors l get of native and other birds.

    • 6 September 2012 at 11:25 pm

      ‎@ Possum – “BB gun”?!?! I hope your neighbour isn’t shooting them!!

  5. Mick
    6 September 2012 at 12:46 pm

    kereru love my house and lately a pheasant hen has been hanging out with my 2 chickens ….

    • 6 September 2012 at 2:39 pm

      Mick, that might make for interesting progeny…

  6. 6 September 2012 at 2:57 pm

    Plant red guava. You’ll have them by the dozen!

    • 6 September 2012 at 4:06 pm

      Thanks for that, Dwnats. I tried guava plants last summer, but the frost (and some very hungry bugs) destroyed them. I’ll have to try again… 😀

  7. RangiMarie aka LADY JUSTICE
    6 September 2012 at 8:43 pm

    Thats ataahua – beautiful. I saw 2 Tuis in our plum tree touching peaks together, it was a precious & rare sighting.

  8. 6 September 2012 at 9:48 pm

    RangiMarie aka LADY JUSTICE :

    Thats ataahua – beautiful. I saw 2 Tuis in our plum tree touching peaks together, it was a precious & rare sighting.

    Oh wow! That would have been such a beautiful sight, indeed.

    There’s something about our native birds that I find incredibly moving…

  9. Deb
    6 September 2012 at 11:08 pm

    I love the native birds that live around my house. We have several pairs of wood pigeons, tui, fantails, moreporks. I didn’t realise you got them out your way. I’m planning on moving out there in a couple of years so pleased to see I won’t have to miss the birds.

    • 6 September 2012 at 11:26 pm

      @ Deb – Yep, there are quite a few natives out here; tui, heaps of kereru, ruru up in the hills, and a few waxeyes (dunno if they’re native)… you’ll positively luv it!

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