I very often hear a particular birdsong very close to The Cottage but have never in three years been able to identify it and the bird book's description is far from helpfull. Yesterday the mystery was solved. The call ocurred right outside my open ranch sliders. I reached for the camera and managed to get quite a few shots with the Silvereye, for that's what it was, taking absolutely no notice of me standing there about 4 metres away. I had seen plenty of Silvereyes before at a friend's house in Auckland but never been aware of their call. The Silvereye or, in Maori, Tauhou (Zosterops lateralis) is an abundant native passerine.
A Sporting Weekend
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