This year, for the first time in a very long time, I joined the tradition New Zealand Boxing Day Exodus – where you head out of town after Christmas and head off (to the beach) for summer vacation. With my sister and her family’s visit back “home” from Melbourne, we headed up to Leigh, about 1 1/2 hour’s drive north of Auckland, for our first real get together en masse for about 10 years. Well, most of us got together just over 1 year ago for my niece’s wedding in Melbourne, but that wasn’t as relaxed as a holiday!
This morning, I was out early, and was rewarded by an opportunity to get a few shots of a tui. With the sun coming up and starting to light up a flax bush, I was taken with the colouring of the flowers, and liked the way the red contrasted with the blue sky.
After a few minutes in the early morning peace (about 6:30 a.m.), I was treated to the appearance of a tui who had come for a bit of breakfast. The sun was reflecting off its feathers, displaying some of the rich colours to best effect. I was lucky to have my camera at the ready, already zoomed and focused and set!
Unfortunately, we were not treated to tui song. If you haven’t heard tui song, it is one of the most amazing sounds for a bird. It actually has 2 voiceboxes, and uses them to very good effect. I have made recordings of this previously, bit if you are interested, google tui song and listen (and feel free to let me know what you think).
So far, it is a briliant day. Here is a shot taken shortly after 6:00 a.m – glorious.
Have a great day. Live, laugh, and love!