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.
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.
And can’t forget the crows! Gonna be casting up more colors this week. Hoping to have some in the shop this Friday. Getting as much done as I can in time for the holidays so your gifts arrive on time 🎁 🎄 🎁 #crow #resin #bird #sculpture #figure #wip
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.