Adios (Addy, for short.) is one of our many beautiful falcons.
I have to say, perhaps one of the most beautiful birds we have! :D

He is a hybrid, a Gyr x Saker, and a totally stunning flier. Super speedy, leaves everything in his dust; hence his name!
He comes with us on many outside events, flying for us all across the country.

I drew this for my boss/head falconer/good friend, who is Addy’s trainer.
She made me a gorgeous bracelet in return. A trade of sorts. :D


“…and one and two and three and kiss.”

Easy to spot in the field by their long limbs and generally self-conscious demeanour, Gangly Blue Herons tower over their multitudinous cousins. Exploited by other ornithoids for their remarkable reach, these elongated birds are often consumed by body image issues as their daily lives rarely bring them into regular contact with other birds of similar stature. This lack of representation engrains a warped standard of beauty, making it much more difficult for these birds to love their own bodies.

Downy Woodpecker
Brooklyn Bridge Park, Pier 4

Where to find them: This female was busy inspecting the cracks of the small trees and tree supports (shown here) for insects at Pier 4, at the foot of the sloping lawn across from the mini beach. Downy woodpeckers are also often seen at Pier 1, especially in the trees along with wooded paths adjacent to the main park path. I do see them occasionally at Pier 6 meadow.

November 19, 2016 - Red-billed Gull or Mackerel Gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus or Larus novaehollandiae)

Sometimes considered a subspecies of the Silver Gull, these birds are found in New Zealand and surrounding islands. They eat a variety of aquatic and terrestrial animals, including squid, jellyfish and anemones, insects, crustaceans, arachnids, small fish, frogs, and birds. One of the smallest and most common gulls in New Zealand, they are often seen in coastal towns scavenging on trash. Breeding pairs are monogamous and form long-lasting bonds. On the mainland, breeding takes place in large colonies, but on smaller islands breeding pairs nest alone or in small groups, probably to avoid predation. Males and females spend about equal time nest building, incubating eggs, and caring for the chicks.