The Kowhai tree in the garden has suddenly sprung into life this week and from what seems like nowhere, beautiful golden blossoms have appeared.
I swear I didn’t even see it budding!
Sitting outside, enjoying the last bit of the warm evening air, doing a spot of knitting and drinking a nice cold beer, I became aware of someone enjoying a nectar feast.
Loudly, be proclaimed this garden to be his personal preserve.
Look at his fluffed feathers as he calls his particular song of clicks, whistles and calls. Tui are not songsters like the thrush or the blackbird, but they have a very distinctive, flute-like call. Each Tui has his or her own song, so you can tell if the same one inhabits your garden after a while.
Such a pretty bird! They are the first ones up in the morning, calling even before the sun begins to lighten the sky, and the last ones to bed, calling even after it has long become dark.
I love the mantle of white features and the white necktie bobbles. See his beak covered in pollen?
The Kowhai tree has flowers rich in nectar, and is a favourite of the Tui. You can be guaranteed a visit from these lovely birds if you have one in your garden!
I feel so lucky! A Kereru on Monday, a Tui on Tuesday, what will I see tomorrow!? 😀