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Category: nature art

NZ’s Black billed – most endangered Gull in the World

cartoon of black billed gull

You’ve probably seen this wee bloke but mistaken him for his more common cousin, the Red Billed… who shared many of your school lunches over the years.

The black billed is a little slimmer than the red, with a longer beak. Also, while the red is classified as “declining,” the black is “Critical” and has the……

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The Paradise Shelduck- Winged sheep o’ the lowlands

Anoo’er wee bairdy we have ’round the lowlands o’ Christchurch is the Paradise Shelduck.
These good lookin’ couples are endemic to New Zealand but are up for grabs in the hunting season.

“Tadorna variegata” (once also known as Putangitangi) is a herbivorous grazer which makes ’em a lover of sports fields and an irritant to farmers.
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The Black Teal- Daffy’s special forces cousin from Kiwiland

Cartoon of NZ scaup

Known to hang around in the same military bars as the outspoken Aussie Coot, the New Zealand Scaup is a diving specialist.
Not often seen in an aqualung, he prefers to dive unassisted to show off his true specialty.

Amongst locals he comes under a variety of aliases. Some know him as papango, also……

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Ecological Illumination- fishy biz is what it is

painted nature

The ART of Natural history- fish portraiture:

(This is an approximation of the first one of ten posts that went missing in action. I hope they come back alive, but until then…)

The Avon River still has fish, bird and plant life in spite of winding through a city of 400,000 people.

These pencil……