Thursday 29 December 2011

New Zealand bellbird

Little Paradise Lodge, Mount Creighton, South Island

In NZ as in Australia bellbirds are more often heard than seen. There is only one bellbird in NZ and to complicate things, the tuis sometimes imitate them.

Bellbird Anthornis melanura perched on a bird feeder
This picture was taken from inside the Little Paradise Lodge when it was raining! We chanced upon the lodge as the weather broke and were very glad to have found it; we were going camping in Glenorchy.
The hosts have set up some bird feeders with sugared water, so one can see tuis and the more elusive bellbirds from the kitchen window! A very clever idea in a country which has nectaring birds.
There were lots and lots of clever ideas in this amazing place, inside the house anywhere you turned there was a work of art. Be it on the walls, ceilings, doors, floors, etc. Unbelievable.
Outside there was a profusion of flowers, sculptures, ponds and discourses on overpopulation. There was tremendous creativity coupled with fantastic hospitality and a wonderful Thai chicken curry cooked at the drop of a hat. When we left the next morning our car was covered with rose petals.
 For a view of some of the pictures that I've taken of this extraordinary place, click here.

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