Wednesday, 9 November 2016

Cattle Egret

I spotted this bird at the far end of the bull paddock.

Cattle Egret @ Jocees Farm

I'd never seen one on the farm, but after some research found out it was a Cattle Egret. They fly over from Australia in autumn to over-winter and are usually found around cattle and sheep.

Cattle Egret @ Jocees Farm

A small stocky egret similar in size to a white faced heron, with a shorter neck and hunched posture. This is the smallest egret found in New Zealand and their numbers are dwindling after poor breeding seasons in Australia.

Cattle Egret @ Jocees Farm

Another visitor to the farm is this white goose. We don't know where he came from but he seems to be enjoying the bull paddocks too.

Saturday, 15 October 2016

Spring Babies

Spring is a busy time with everything looking super green and growing fast.

Spring Babies @ Jocees Farm

Babies of all kinds are arriving. These chicks were born last month.

Spring Babies @ Jocees Farm

And I spotted this mother duck with her 2 ducklings this week.

Spring Babies @ Jocees Farm

Calving has pretty much finished. This group are enjoying a snooze in the sun.

Spring babies @ Jocees Farm

And lastly our pet lamb Hilda, who only stands still for a nano second, so this was the best shot I could get!

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