General chat

“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.

14 Comments

  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.

    • Gezza

       /  June 28, 2018

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

      • Gezza

         /  June 28, 2018

        Aww no. A wanker’s been here.

        • 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.

          • 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.

            • 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.

          • 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.

            • 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.

  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.

  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 ?

    • 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.”