To celebrate we went to a local wildlife park. The walk through aviaries were an obvious favourite
|A Tui - caught making some of the wide variety of vocalisations it is famous for.|
|A Kea shredding a large cardboard tube - one of the enrichment activities provided for these intelligent and curious birds.|
|A couple of Red-crowned parakeets sharing food.|
|A Yellow-crowned parakeet.|
|A Blue duck. We are hoping to see one of these in the wild this summer.|
as was hand feeding the giraffes.
Miss 14 was especially interested in the gorillas which she's never seen before since they are a fairly new exhibit at this park
and in the Tasmanian Devils, another new animal for the park.
We managed a couple of birding trips - including one to count Kereru. This New Zealand pigeon plays an essential role is dispersing the large seeds of many native plants. The aim of the Great Kereru Count is to gather data about the population of these birds, which will assist in conservation efforts. They aren't especially common in our part of the country (and we didn't have a lot of time to devote to the count this year) but we did spot one in one of their favoured areas.
|This isn't the Kereru we saw on the count. This was in the aviary at the wildlife park.|
Linking up with the Weekly Wrap-Up over at Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers.