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

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  1. Gezza

     /  June 28, 2018

    The mandarin duck went swimming past upstream again this morning. Looks like he’s a solitary specimen. He seems to mingle quite amicably with the mallards and grey hybrids. Stunningly multi-coloured little fellow. He’s smaller than them. And the tan big rectangular ‘flags’ that stick straight up at his sides are really cool. He’s real eye-catcher. Hope he’s going to hang around for the season.

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    • Gezza

       /  June 28, 2018

      This is the breed, & this is what my visitor looks like.

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      • Gezza

         /  June 28, 2018

        Aww no. A wanker’s been here.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 28, 2018

          I wondered if it would be a Mandarin or Paradise duck. Both are beautiful. There are some fancy dux around here, although most are mallards or whities, lovely in their own way, of course.

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          • Gezza

             /  June 28, 2018

            White dux are rare in my stream but I sometimes get some lovely-looking large fawn-coloured hens & white/fawn piebald ones.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 28, 2018

              Ditto, but the whities are common, as someone released two and they have been been prolific layers. There are some in two shades of fawn/brown (sort of ombre effect) and an occasional fancy one like a Paradise or Mandarin. There’s a manmade pond which has dux, and the nearby lake has a lot.

              It’s interesting that in duck murder season, Virginia Lake in Wanganui is standing room only for dux.

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  June 28, 2018

          Teach Yourself Down Ticking by Juan Kerr.

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          • Kitty Catkin

             /  June 28, 2018

            Right on cue, as happens every day at this time, the goldfinches are here en masse doing relays between two trees. I could set my clock by them.

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            • Kitty Catkin

               /  June 28, 2018

              Hello, Juan, I wondered where you were,

              How’s your brother Plon Kerr ?

  2. phantom snowflake

     /  June 28, 2018

    Flashback to 2004: Auckland band Eight release their album ‘Moving’. IMO this was the standout track.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 28, 2018

    Yum, yum (I DON’T think) the Project is showing how to make meals from left-overs…the clip showed someone scraping bits off plates. That’s carrying using left-overs too far.

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  4. Kitty Catkin

     /  June 28, 2018

    Gezza, have you ever seen those pigeons who look as if they’re wearing fluffy pantalettes, or the Jacobean ones with ruffs around their necks ?

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    • Gezza

       /  June 29, 2018

      Can’t say that I have Kitty. But my musician friend in Laingholm, Auckland, sent me this this morning:

      “Caught this native graffiti artist (below) reassembling my Kowhai this morning, got this ‘Who me!!’ look about him, ha.”

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