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.

9 Comments

  1. I saw a pukeko near the top of a very tall tree today. Goodness knows how he got there, the branches were quite thin and pooks don’t fly that high, anyway. I hoped to see him coming down, but had to go after a few minutes.

    A pukeko in a tall tree.

    • Gezza

       /  July 11, 2018

      How many metres up from the ground would he have been, do you think?

      • It is about the height of a lamp post, I’d guess. It was an extraordinary sight.

        • I also saw 5 kingfishers.

          • Gezza

             /  July 11, 2018

            Lucky you. Well, I’ve seen three pooks fly up at least that high, directly, from the stream which is about 20 feet down to the tops of trees 10-20 feet high from the top of the stream bank. And my lot sometimes fly to lower branches, then fly or walk further up to branches higher up, flapping to keep balance, jumping to other branches id they break a too skinny one.

            Pickles did the latter quite often as soon as he learned to fly. Just for the thrill of it & curiosity about what the view & experience were like, it seemed to me. He also fell out of a tree one wet day when the branches were slippery. Funny to watch. Typical young animal, play-learning.

            • Gezza

               /  July 11, 2018

              😠 *id = if.

            • Kitty Catkin

               /  July 11, 2018

              I have seen many pook flights, but not that high, as they usually just want to go from A to B from the look of it. They go at a reasonable height across the road, but not as high as the top of that tree or anything like it.

              This one was young, I’d say; it was adult in colouring, but not very big.

              4 kingfishers were on a power line and another one nearby.

            • Gezza

               /  July 11, 2018

              Yep, it’s rare. it’s not something they do very often. Sometimes they’ve spotted a predator like a cat. My bet is that’s a young male pukeko being a typical boy.

  2. Blazer

     /  July 11, 2018

    michael mac….