I finally got around to making a youtube channel and putting some of my videos on it. First up, a selection of clips taken at various zoos and aquariums in Victoria and Tasmania (mostly Victoria, Tasmania does not have a state-funded zoo, and the private parks are a decidedly mixed bag).
So we were in New Zealand last month, so I thought I would do a series on the wildlife we saw there, which is well-known for evolutionary oddities. So, wekas. The weka (Gallirallus australis) is a large flightless rail with four subspecies and a variety of buff, reddish, brown and black colour morphs. They are common in places but have a significantly contracted range and are classified as vulnerable. We saw western wekas throughout the West Coast of the South Island.
Being fearless, inquisitive birds, some had scoped out picnic grounds and carparks as viable territories, while others had claimed the walking tracks.
Another weka, this time in captivity at the Willowbank Wildlife Sanctuary.
As a predator, conservation of wekas can be complicated as their prey includes other endangered species, such as the eggs of the Takahē, the endangered giant flightless coot.
December = Christmas tree = Happy kitty = some stress for humans
We have a plastic tree, less mess in the rental house and less reactive if she eats it. She was getting highly ‘into it’ before the box was even open.
Then she started the important business of chasing around decorations.
And resting under the tree looking innocent, until next time she feels energetic…
I’ve been doing a lot of flying for me lately (and not nearly enough blogging). I still haven’t done enough to become inured to the views though, even when it’s just clouds and water.
Clouds look so different from above, like a solid landscape even though they’re no more solid than when you view them from below