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“Is there any way we could have a thread for the more lightweight stuff like music and general chat?”

Do it here. Please no personal attacks or bickering. Anything abusive, provocative or inflammatory may be deleted.

32 Comments

  1. Gezza

     /  April 8, 2018

    Today’s Dawn Chorus was brought to the neighbourhood, at no charge, by first, a tui (whistles & clacks), then two unidentied cheepers (probably sparrers) then a song thrush (gets the award), followed by two male ducks going “reeb, reeb” & one tiny pukeko baby named Jojo going “peep peep peep” in the nest, snuggled up to its dad, down the bank.

    Jojo emits a barely audible, very soft, breathy “wheeooo! wheeoo’ all night. Whenever I go out in the dark, late at night, or if I’m up really early in the morning, like today (5.30am), & stick my head over the fence, unseen, I hear it. You can’t hear it unless you do.

    Seems unlikely to be her getting a scent & knowing that some creature is there, because sometimes a steady breeze is taking any scent away in a different direction. Pickles did the same thing as a weeny bubba bird. It’s so faint the air has to be very still & quiet for one to hear it. I wonder why they do it.

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018
      • Gezza

         /  April 8, 2018

        Just been out in the yard doing stuff and they all turned up again so I spoiled them with group handful instead of their usual individual serving (that they have now come to expect and wait for (except you know who) – but I told them that’s their lot.

        When I came back out of my shed, Pickles was gone but I heard him from over the fence, and when I had a quick look Jojo was just below and he was feeding her. So cute. Boy she’s getting loud. Might be a boy too, you know – pulling up grass and being demanding already. But her plate’s still red and I’m sure Pickles’ was black, so that’s a difference. I took a quick 2pm video of the insistent wee whistling noise she was making & may add that to the vidbook sometime.

        Have to check out whether I can stitch some smaller clips like that together with others to make a longer video clip.

        Jojo looks cute begging to the adults and waving her sweet but little useless penguin wings up and down. Still got a bare bum.

        Pickles eyes that went from black to yellow/brown, in the light this morning seem to be more of an orange colour – transitioning to the normal adolescent & adult red colour quite quickly I think.

      • phantom snowflake

         /  April 8, 2018

        I do enjoy your videos, and I certainly admire your love and devotion towards your ‘whanau’. However I am also a little conflicted and uneasy; the question recurs: “How much is too much when it comes to ‘our’ involvement in ‘their’ lives?” No easy answer to that one I guess.

        • Gezza

           /  April 8, 2018

          Yes, same thing has been occurring to me. There are aspects of their behaviour, such as their instinctive constant wariness that are hard-wired in, even to the babies. But are they becoming to dependent on me for sustenance?

          In the end I concluded that that it would be very easy for me to get rid of them back to the stream just by scaring them doing something simple like walking towards them too fast (no harm would be done but they wouldn’t like it). And also they coped perfectly well when I stayed at Al’s cool cabins outside Kororareka for 3 weeks last November/December. There’s plenty of food in the stream and they’re still wild, untameable creatures.

          They’re just exploiting a free resource & I’ve just had the fortuitous opportunity to get to observe and understand them. They’re actually very beautiful-looking birds.

          Or are you saying I’m posting too often &/or too much about them here? I don’t need to now I’ve got two video channels.

          • phantom snowflake

             /  April 8, 2018

            No, I wasn’t at all referring to how much/often you post here; I have no problem with that. Where I am at present is quite suburban; I rather miss the unearthly nocturnal screeches of nga pukeko at my previous abode. Both haunting and comforting somehow.

            • Gezza

               /  April 8, 2018

              I know what you mean. If I put my kitchen light on, Bluey lets out three screeches. They all do the same if I have a (now rare) cigarette outside at night. They smell it & screech thrice straight away. Did you notice those nocturnal screeches you remember always come in a set of three:
              Keeaww-eh! … Keeaww-eh! … Keeaww-eh!

              Even if I call out something like “It’s ok pooky; it’s only me” after the first screech, the other two pieces of the set always follow before they settle down.

            • phantom snowflake

               /  April 8, 2018

              No; in my rather dodgy area of the Far North the pukeko were as erratic as the local humanoids lol.

            • Gezza

               /  April 8, 2018

              Fair enuf. They’ll never get anywhere without an education. But not everybody’s got the time to take them under their wing like me. 😉

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  April 8, 2018

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      There’s another minor hit of his that I liked other than the big one Lady In Red. Will see if I remember it later.

      • Gezza

         /  April 8, 2018

        Nah, I couldn’t find it. Maybe it was a duet with another singer.

  3. Gezza

     /  April 8, 2018

    Only got ONE rasher of streaky bacon to go wiv me egg for brekky. 😦
    How slack is that ! 😡

    • Gezza

       /  April 8, 2018

      Not putting up with it. Righto. Sorted. Action Man, me. Grabbed the shopping list – 6 items. Quick blat down to NW, ripped around the store, only had to double back once – nobody’s perfect – out via the automated checkout, 15 minutes the lot, Back in time for The Nation. 😐

      • Pickled Possum

         /  April 8, 2018

        Yummy you def a bacon freak!!! Hahahaha
        Did you see your Hinemoa wahine friend today?
        Pickles and Jojo keeping you very busy these days.
        My friend who lives in the bush rescued a kereru juvenile.
        A feral cat caught it and left a few feathers behind when she put it in a box to let him/her heal. When she put it in her hand and threw it up in the air it flew off … bloody amazing, alrighty.
        ps I got a couple of down feathers, I wonder if I have to hand them over to DOC?

        • Gezza

           /  April 8, 2018

          No Hinemoa today. Only Maria* who I haven’t seen for a while. I’ve been bumping into Hine on deck so often I said to her one day: “You bloody live here, don’t you? Some pokey little room at the back!” 🙂

          She told me a joke the other day. She said my husband’s Ngati Porou. When we were driving up to his whanau’s a few weeks back he said to me: “You know what they call the pretty girls where I come from?:”. She said “No … what?” He said “Manuhiri” 😀

          *Name changed to protect the innocent

      • Conspiratoor

         /  April 8, 2018

        G, you’re old enough to remember what a rasher of bacon looks and tastes like. So you will know new world don’t sell bacon. It’s just a bit of pig fat pumped full of water. The spitting when you fry it is a dead giveaway.

        • Gezza

           /  April 8, 2018

          Wait a minute – it’s Hellers. It’s gotta be good for ya? 🙄

          • Conspiratoor

             /  April 8, 2018

            Eye, loin or shoulder?

            • Gezza

               /  April 8, 2018

              It’s streaky strips – not eye. Dunno wot part of the porker it comes from. And I microwave them for 1m 30s. Nice and crispy then. Goes with me mug microed poached egg. Grated cheese on top, all on a molenberg slice, toasted. One of those breakfasts that make the bad guys run away.

            • Conspiratoor

               /  April 8, 2018

              Sounds almist good enough to consume G. If i can find it later i’ll try to fish out an old pic for your viewing pleasure. Just so you can see where real bacon comes from. Cheers,c

            • Conspiratoor

               /  April 8, 2018

            • Gezza

               /  April 8, 2018

              Blimey. Still. Some blokes hump anything.

            • Blazer

               /  April 8, 2018

              didn’t know Harry Potter was a ..pig hunter..

            • Conspiratoor

               /  April 8, 2018

              Harry Potter never jammed with Jimi

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  April 8, 2018

          Bacon has always spat, I think, it’s the dead pig’s fat on it. The water would run out and sit in the bottom of the pan.

  4. phantom snowflake

     /  April 8, 2018

  5. Kitty Catkin

     /  April 8, 2018

    I have just finished Nevil Shute’s Landfall, What a thrilling book. One forgets what a really good writer he is. I took some that were in the free section at the local opshop because they’d been stupidly put in with RD Condensed (same coloured covers, but really !) and put them in a Little Library. I kept a few to read first, and wish that I’d kept all the ones that I hadn’t read before to read myself before donating them.

    NB always look at the box of RD Condensed, I found some Russian classics in one once, inc. one that I’d wanted for years. Someone had put these in with RDs by mistake, what sacrilege. Don’t people LOOK to make sure ?

  6. Gezza

     /  April 8, 2018

    I’ve got a $2 bag of red, blue, green, yellow, and purple crocodiles that are very nice indeed, and I’ll bet nobody else has. 😀

    • Pickled Possum

       /  April 8, 2018

      Keep your crocodiles bro they are full of artifishal colours and flavours and cow ears
      don’t taste that tasty to me … I’ve just bought a $1 bag of pink smokers yummy!!!
      So Gezza whats been happening while I was on the river today?
      ps, I like that joke from Ngati Porou. 😉

  7. Gezza

     /  April 9, 2018

    Just testing firefox on XP.