Orokonui autumn day

A fine, still day, where the mists lay on the hills and the bush was lit as if by bioluminescence. Today I saw my first robin at Orokonui – an unbanded bird, but quite adult looking. The tomtits were everywhere, attached to the side of trees with Velcro claws. I came across a kaka, ripping apart some bark. The fantails fluttered and squeaked around, picking off the flying insects the kaka disturbed. There were hundreds of fantails everywhere, more than I’ve ever seen at Orokonui, but they move too fast in the dark bush for my photographic ability.  A luscious afternoon in Tane’s forest.

A misty autumnal afternoon, viewed from Orokonui.

A misty autumnal afternoon, viewed from Orokonui.

The afternoon light caught the coloured neck feathers and beak.

The afternoon light caught the coloured neck feathers and beak of this kereru.

Young life in the bush.

Spot the fantail...

Spot the fantail…

Tomtits everywhere, like little yellow jumpered spies.

Tomtits everywhere, like little yellow jumpered spies.

Old man rimu sheltering new growth.

Old man rimu sheltering new growth.

The bright feathers of the kaka, high in the bush.

The bright feathers of the kaka, high in the bush.

I know I shouldn't post such "mistakes", but I love the sense of colour and movement here, as this kaka preens.

I know I shouldn’t post such “mistakes”, but I love the sense of colour and movement here, as this kaka preens.

NZ South Island robin greeted me on my return journey back up the hill.

NZ South Island robin greeted me on my return journey back up the hill.

NZ robin

NZ robin

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