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  1. Gezza

     /  October 31, 2018

    Turquoise Tui. The video & this gif still don’t manage to capture just how brightly blue this young stunt pilot is, he’s a stunner when he’s flying up doing loops: the tops of his wings are all blue. 🙂

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 31, 2018

      I can believe it. For some reason the birds are all extremely glossy and togged up in their best feathers this year. The blackbirds are almost tui-coloured, I don’t remember when I have seen such glossy and iridescent ones. That tui’s white feathers are very fine; his mother is the one who uses Persil.

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      • Gezza

         /  October 31, 2018

        Turqs has been zooming around all day, showing off his blueness. This arvo I thought, ok, I’ll just get the smartphone camera ready and stand here and wait to catch him in flight heading up into a half-loop to get that colour – but he didn’t show, and then suddenly whooosh, the beggar did – but he zoomed up and did a half turn and into a tree before I had even a hope of of focussing the camera. Other times when I’m staring at him only 8 feet or so away and he’s positively radiating blueness, he’s backlit so the camera just makes him appear dark. 😦

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  October 31, 2018

          He is a splendid example of what a tui can do when he puts his mind to it.

          How much is iridescence and how much colour?

          The blackbirds are looking beautiful and iridescent at the moment.I can’t remember seenng them look so lovely. Even the girls are looking particularly elegant. Everybird is

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          • Gezza

             /  October 31, 2018

            That’s the thing that’s so amazing, Kitty – it’s not iridescence – he’s as true blue as true blue can be. You can’t help but notice him as she whooshes by or does whirls into trees and so on, because he’s just a blur of blue and white (also white flashes – bars – on his wings – your eyes don’t even notice the black, to be honest. I have never seen a tui with this much bright blue colour on it – I think there might even be more blue than black in turqs’s plumage at the moment.

            The blackbirds, even the hens, are shockers. They are insanely jealous, obviously – because they chase after and attack him as soon as they see him, but he just outmanoeuvres them easily in the air, he turns on a pin, whooshes upstream, and comes back whenever he feels like it: bugger them! He likes it here!

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            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2018

              I was just in the kitchen. In fact he’s flitting up and down above the stream and doing brief stopoffs for a short sing-song right now. The light is starting to fade but I saw him clearly as he did a loop. He’s more black from underneath, but on top, body & tail, he’s bright blue, and the tops of his wings are blue, with white strips out towards the ends.

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2018

              @6.25 pm

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2018

              And a little purple and black madam is out there on the lawn right now. Demanding my attendance !
              I will be having a word. >:D

            • Gezza

               /  October 31, 2018

              Ok, I told young madam she could have a 2nd wheat and bread chunk dinner (& that the bread chunk is ‘to go’ – for the new baby pooklet) – that that was it for today – and if she was going to carry on in the shrieking, demanding, foot-stamping way she has today – she could take her custom elsewhere!

              Then I went down to feed Elvira before the plus one news started, but she’d moseyed on upstream & the light conditions made it difficult to see where she had gone.

              Just then Ella cruised on by heading downstream by the Eel Spot, and she turned, so I fed her some more, was about to come up, and Elvira came around and followed Ella behind. I’ve move two metres along the bank and managed to feed Elvira downstream where Ellla wouldn’t smell it, about 4 chunks, when Ella suddenly butted in, head on, and told Elvira to get the hell out of here!

              And she didn’t just butt heads, she flaming chased her away, at speed. I fear someone had possibly told her I’d posted here the other day that Elvira was the prettier one. And I don’t think they’re sisters !

      • Gezza

         /  October 31, 2018

        Just been watching Turqs flitting around – nearly dark, he’s still flitting out, up and around from trees over the stream.

        I realised that his wings flap so fast I can’t really tell where those white wing flashes among the blue actually are, so I did a google search – and … yep – yay! – found this online.

        This is what Turqs looks like. I noticed that when he perches, how much of him is blue on his back and top depends on exactly how he folds his wings down against his body. Birds vary their wings folded positions, some times showing more of their back or wing feathers than others.

        His air dancing I imagine is designed to show off all his blue and smart white flashes to any ladies who might be out looking for a nice bloke to partner up with. There are usually lots of tuis around but, so far, despite days of excellent showbirdship, poor Turks hasn’t pulled a bird (so to speak), so I don’t know where all the ladytuis are.

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        • duperez

           /  October 31, 2018

          If you tell me how to add photos on here Gezza I’ll add a couple from today. Thanks.

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          • Gezza

             /  October 31, 2018

            The quickest way would maybe be to use this site, dupers.
            https://imgflip.com/memegenerator

            1. Have them on your device
            2. Click on the Upload button & find them on your device, then click open
            3. Hit Generate Meme (without bothering to add text, just hit that button)
            4. Go to the image page
            5. Right click or do whatever option lets you open image in new tab.
            6. When you get an image page url that ends with .jpg, copy the url, and paste it in Comment. The image will appear with the imgflip watermark at the bottom.

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        • Kitty Catkin

           /  November 1, 2018

          Guess who’s Mr November on the calendar.
          Has Turks been doing some moonlighting as a glamour model?

          There were many tuis and tuesses around last summer, but I haven’t seen many yet this year. One in the garden (well, one at a time; feeble hope that it’s more than one) and an occasional one elsewhere.

          Solly the part albino dunnock was here; I didn’t see his yarmulke, but he may have been at the wrong angle…unless there’s more than one. It’s a very striking look, the white shawl (solid white) across his shoulders.

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  2. Gezza

     /  October 31, 2018

    It’s a nice sunny day at Pooken Manor. There’s been a slight southerly blowing, judging from the places coming over my way to land, but it’s not particularly cold. Got back home around 1 after attending to a few things for ma here and up the ‘Rua.

    Ella was down in the stream, doing big circuits so I went down and fed her. She’d disppeared, possibly upstream, but on a hunch I peered over into the deep part of the Eel Spot and she was down right at the bottom. Chilling out & waiting to see if any treats would be around today, I imagine. She ate very daintily. Bluey and Sweety Pook both came fairly close and ate some wheat I put down for them, with Alex the pooklet yelling all the time and ending up getting their bread chunks. I hope the baby pooklet’s getting fed too – big bruv Alex is hogging all the parent time and snacks.

    Some young 2 year old good looking female pukeko who doesn’t need to be named in this paragraph has been up to my place at least five times today, running along the fence, looking in the door, flapping up onto the kitchen trellis, wanting wheat and bread treats. I got a bit sick of it & told her she’d had enuf this morning, before I did my errands. And I pointedly picked my guitar up and went and sat in the chair in the patio and played some blues and random made up guitar pieces in the sunny weather.

    Well ! This young female didn’t like being told that ! >:D Turned it’s back on me and let out six piercing shrieks a second or two apart – each one accompanied by a furious wing flap – really beating the air with them. The pook equivalent of a foot stamp !

    I just ignored it. Not putting up with that sort of tanty behaviour, young madam !

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    • Kitty Catkin

       /  October 31, 2018

      I saw a pook flying (the big show-off) and trying to pretend that he meant to land like that. Pook Paddock seems to be out of favour at the moment.

      It’s been sweltering here, occasional little breezes have been very welcome, but they were erratic.

      Yes, you are quite right to ignore such rudeness and bad behaviour. Mind you, you should have taught her better manners when she was a chick.

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      • Gezza

         /  October 31, 2018

        Hey madam ! She arrived on the scene as a newcomer when I got back from Northland & Bluebelle and Pooky had moved on somewhere else (I hope!). She’d just come out of her pookteens and Pickles was her first baby. Don’t blame me for her rudeness. If I’d been involved with her upbringing from pooklethood she might well have been better-mannered.

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  3. phantom snowflake

     /  October 31, 2018

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    • Pickled Possum

       /  October 31, 2018

      Cool Song PS …Crowded House, did the Finns played with the Ozzies??
      I saw Tim Finn at TTT Maori Sports Award at Waitangi on Sat night… has he something wrong with his voice? Being a whakama wahine I didn’t talk to him just stared,
      No not pukana stare Crazy I kept staring at him thinking I know him wasn’t till the commentator said we have Tim in the House …that it all clicked. But he didn’t want to get up and talk someone said he can’t.

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      • Kitty Catkin

         /  October 31, 2018

        I have an LP of Crowded House; it seemed odd that it was made so late.

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  4. phantom snowflake

     /  October 31, 2018

    Hi PP. Just had a bit of a poke around on the ‘interwebs’; I can’t find anything regarding Tim Finn having issues with his voice, although his Facebook page doesn’t list any live performances since 2015. Mind you there are some of us whose voices are quite fine but are unable to speak publicly…

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