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Day 20 - Photos - Invercargill to Curio Bay 
23rd-Mar-2007 06:30 pm
Open Road!
Several photos today, including nice bird photos of species that I of course have no idea what they are. NZ natives though so that should add a challenge for the Oz-based ornithologists in the audience. :)

1st up a nice view from a bridge I was crossing on the way to Fortrose

Next some rolling, and very green, farmland. In many respects the best (or most refreshing) part of riding through the NZ countryside, particularly on the West Coast and in Otago, was all the greenery without signs of any irrigation being needed. Regular rain will do that for you I guess. :)

So there I was sitting on a deck chair eating a huge freshly made sandwich looking at this. Jealous yet? :)

A (small) part of the petrified forest close to Curio Bay, note the triangular cutting which is probably the result of vandalism. Possibly the removal of a fossilised fern for sale.

A view across the petrified forest to a headland

1st of the birdlife photos:

This next one is a type of shag I believe but beyond that I've got no idea...

Oooh, oooh! This one I know. Yellow-eyed penguin, native to NZ (and I think it might be the only type of penguin that only lives in NZ).

And last a couple of sunset shots, one looking across the bay where the petrified forest is located

And the last looking across Curio Bay

2nd-Apr-2007 09:56 pm (UTC)
Hmmm... Mr. Pencil-beak would be a Sooty Oyster-catcher. You get their cousin, the Pied Oyster-catcher here in Perth.

The shag is a Pied Cormorant - but as to it being the Great or Little I could not say for sure without some sort of scale. I think it may be the Great. OTOH, it may be a female Spotted Cormorant. The NZish shags differ somewhat from the Australian ones.
3rd-Apr-2007 01:31 am (UTC)
I'll take your word for it.

At least they aren't the wretched SBBs you've complained about on occasion (assuming you're who I think you are, see you at SwanCon BTW).
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