I took a picture of the Kereru with my telephoto lens and it came out so well I thought you would like to see the only pigeon endemic to the New Zealand mainland. It takes a mean selfie eh?
- Endemic: ‘native to a certain region’
The Kereru (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae in Latin), is a substantial bird and I hope you can get the impression of its size from my photo.
The bird reminds me of Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson. It has substance, shoulders like a top athlete, and a lot of style. It also has dazzling iridescent touches to its grey and green feathers which I hope you can see. You can get an idea of its distinctive head shape in the distance shot below, and maybe an impression of this weighty bird.
As well as its good looks, the Kereru has a very distinctive wing beat. You can hear it a long way away and high in the sky.
The Kereru Drama
Some years ago I was working indoors on my computer and I heard the distinctive wingbeat of a Kereru passing overhead. Then I heard a loud ‘WHUMP’ and the tinkling of glass. I ran outside to find our garage window in pieces and a slightly stunned pigeon sitting inside near the car.
I checked on the dazed bird and it was alive so I left it alone as it did not seem injured. After a few minutes (while I was sweeping up the glass and keeping cats away) the Kereru flew off, leaving me to board up the garage’s empty space and book a glazier to replace the window!
The bird is special, but thankfully not endangered.
It joins the Finches, Yellowhammers Blackbirds and Sparrows that frequent our garden, especially during the winter when they get plenty to eat from our special bird feeders.
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Welcome Home Sawyer!
After nine endlessly long days, the Kitties Blue welcomed home lost cat Sawyer. He was found safely, not too far away thanks to the posters, flyers and publicity generated by his Mum Janet and Dad Tom. He is now at home, and you can catch up at the link (although I suspect he may be a selfie this week!)
To say the cat blogosphere is relieved is something of an understatement. The celebrations as word got around that Sawyer Blue was safe and sound were lud and long. No one wanted him lost and the encouragement and suggestions of many readers showed how much people really care for this grey tabby boy.