Hidden in my cloak
Cheez it, the cops
To survive in the harsh alpine environment kea have become inquisitive and nomadic social birds - characteristics which help kea to find and utilise new food sources. Their inquisitive natures often cause kea to congregate around novel objects and their strong beaks have enormous manipulative power. ~ Bernard
A punting we will go
With no particular
Destination Punting on the Avon is one of the iconic tourist attractions in
Christchurch. Like punting at Oxford and Cambridge in England, our punting experience uses flat-bottomed boats with no keel, pushed by a pole. The punter stands on a platform at the end. The passengers sit low down, although high seats can be installed for your comfort and convenience, ~ Bernard .
Our humble enclave
Snug by mountain forest
A narrow life
Hoonah, Alaska is a small city of 760 permanent residents on Chichagof Island along Southeast Alaska's Inside Passage. Hoonah is the largest Tlingit Village in Alaska, and the native Alaskan culture thrives here. Locally carved totems and canoes, and handmade native crafts are still made in the traditional style today by the local Tlingit residents. ~ Bernard
Hay there, high there
I’m as happy as can be
The Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes) or Hoiho is a penguin native to New Zealand. Previously thought closely related to the Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor), molecular research has shown it more closely related to penguins of the genus Eudyptes. Like most other penguins, it is mainly piscivorous.
The species breeds around the South Island of New Zealand, as well as Stewart, Auckland, and Campbell Islands. Colonies on the Otago Peninsula are a popular tourist venue, where visitors may closely observe penguins from hides, trenches, or tunnels. ~ Bernard
Posse ambles by
Strolling by the sea
Headed for day’s rest
Apollo Bay is located between Wye River and Cape Otway on Victoria's scenic coastal route, the Great Ocean Road. As a popular tourist destination, Apollo Bay offers both swimming and surf beaches, as well as a large boat harbour and marina which is home to a major fishing fleet. The town's commercial centre, which features a good selection of restaurants and cafes, is situated along one side of the Great Ocean Road, overlooking a wide, grassy foreshore which fronts the main swimming beach. Another popular beach is located at the mouth of the Barham River in Mounts Bay. ~ Bernard
Shall we meander
Like a stream between banks
Down the path of our days
Hagley Park is the largest urban open space (164.637 hectares. in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was created in 1855 by the Provincial Government. According to the government's decree at that time, Hagley Park is "reserved forever as a public park, and shall be open for the recreation and enjoyment of the public. Hagley Park is characterised by its trees and broad open spaces. Hagley Park was named after the country estate of Lord Lyttelton, who became chairman of the Canterbury Association in March 1850. ~ Bernard
Amidst the remains
Of a delicious repast
Ocean will clean the table
The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor, torea or toreapango) is found on rocky and sandy beaches. It is rare – there were around 3,500 birds in 1994, and they are found only in New Zealand.
Also known as the black oystercatcher, it varies from black and white to pure black, which is more common further south. It has a red bill and red-orange eye-ring, and pink legs. Larger than the pied oystercatcher, it measures 48 centimetres and weighs 725 grams. ~ Bernard
Intentions define usage
Lamp shade, fish seine
Air conditioned hat
The Icy Strait is a strait in the Alexander Archipelago in southeastern Alaska. Coordinates: 58°16′41″N 135°38′48″W. The strait separates Chichagof Island to the south and the Alaska mainland to the north. The strait is 64 km (40 mi) from its west side at the intersection of the Cross Sound and Glacier Bay to its east side at Chatham Strait and the Lynn Canal. The two largest islands in the strait are Pleasant Island and Lemesurier Island. ~ Bernard
I assume the pose
Of one legged asana
The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features. Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-catching than the male; females have a pure white head and chestnut-coloured body, while males have a dark grey body and black head. ~ Bernard
A tasty treat
I pass on to you
To nourish your soul
genus Cyanoramphus, family Psittacidae
Both birds assist with the feeding of the young.
They feed on leaves, buds, flowers, shoots, seeds, fruit, berries, nuts and other parts of plants.
They also eat insects and animal remains. On islands and In coastal areas, they forage on seaweed and mussels.
They also take up tiny stones, most likely to help with digestion. ~ Bernard
This wise old bird
Knows something profound
The three species of Kākāriki or New Zealand parakeets are the most common species of parakeet in the genus Cyanoramphus, family Psittacidae. The birds' Māori name, which is the most commonly used, means "small parrot" ~ Bernard