Where Were You When The Riroriro Sang? -  Riroriro - Grey Warbler - NZ by AndreaEL
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The little wax eyes/silvereyes are one of my favourite wild birds, but anything with feathers immediately draws my attention. I have set myself a goal to capture at least one photograph of every bird species found on the South Island. It is an enormous project, but I am slowly chipping away at the numbers. Today I was so fortunate to be in the right place at the right time and whopeee… I captured this little darling not knowing who he was and I was not even sure I had a photo that was in focus or not, they flit insessently through the understorey and canopy of small trees searching for insects. I got home and referred to my New Zealand Bird books and was delighted to have 1. a photo in focus and 2. I captured a new spices today for the firs time. It was no coincidence that the shining cuckoo was in the neighborhood.
To view a list of brids captured so far please see my journal entry

Riroriro – Grey Warbler – Gerygone igata
Birds of Karori Sanctuary.
Winner of an annual competition to find New Zealand’s favourite bird, this tiny insignificantly-coloured bird is nevertheless one of the greatest characters of the bush. It’s distinctive warble (tseetseetseetseetsee") is a herald of spring and, as such, it features in several significant Maori folk tales. It flickers insessently through the understorey and canopy of small trees searching for insects, often heard, rarely seen for more than a second . (a demanding subject for the photographer!)
On the thinnest of branches, riroriro builds a hanging nest with a verandah, to keep out enemies. But sometimes when it is away, a shining cuckoo will lay its egg in the nest, tricking the tiny warblers into raising a baby several times bigger than they are! Usually two families of four chicks will be reared each year. It is the second clutch that most often suffers the attention of the cuckoo.
A Maori whakatauki (proverb): "In spring, the song of the riroriro meant it was time to plant the crops. Some people were lazy. They didn’t work hard in their gardens and in the winter they would grumble because they were hungry. The people who had grown plenty of food would laugh and say, “I hea koe I te tangihanga o te riroriro?” which means, “Where were you when the riroriro sang?”
Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ35 Rural Southland NZ
Featured 19th March 2011

Where Were You When The Riroriro Sang?

One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest!

Original Music: Bird Beat by Keith Lightfoot

I love birds

My fascination with birds began as a child and almost 50 years down the track my love for our feathered friends has not diminished. Once we moved to Tranquillity (our little country retreat) my passion for birds, all nature and wildlife became a digital reality through the lens of my camera.

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Comments

  • swaby
    swabyalmost 4 years ago

    You catch the prettiest birds Andrea and so nicely too! Fabulous shot!

  • Thank you Swaby for your lovely comment & compliment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • AuntDot
    AuntDotalmost 4 years ago

    That is quite an ambitious project, but I think you will definitely do it if anyone can! Lovely capture!

  • It sure is a large project Dot, but one I am really enjoying. Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • lynn carter
    lynn carteralmost 4 years ago

    l,m trying to find different birds too but they are being very obliging, lovely pic Andrea

  • It is amazing what one sees when you have a camera. Thank you Lynn for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Kay Cunningham
    Kay Cunninghamalmost 4 years ago

    Favourite (now) of mine too!

  • Thank you Kay for your lovely comment & Fave, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Linda  Makiej
    Linda Makiejalmost 4 years ago

    Great!

  • Thank you Linda for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • MarieG
    MarieGalmost 4 years ago

    Congratulations on your challenging capture of this gorgeous little bird! Beautiful image, well done.

  • It is a challenge, one that I am enjoying Marie. Thank you for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Vanessa Barklay
    Vanessa Barklayalmost 4 years ago

    Yes, what Marie said Andrea! lol How wonderful for you! :O)

  • Thank you Vanessa for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • Joy Watson
    Joy Watsonalmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful capture

  • Thank you Joy for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • BingoStar
    BingoStaralmost 4 years ago

    Beautiful cute little bird nice you got to take a quick picture and it came out so good. Great shot and thanks for the writing too it is very interesting and I like your bird talk :) Very cool..<:) Bingo!

  • Bingo you post such lovely comments. Thank you, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

  • joycee
    joyceealmost 4 years ago

    Another lovely capture Andrea! Good work.

  • Thank you Joyce for your lovely comment, much appreciated.

    – AndreaEL

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