Found in my car. Don't know how and when it flew in.
I was concentrating on the spider and neglected to get decent photos of the plant, anyone able to id it?
I'm not really sure what bird this is, but I guess a Song Thrush.
A bit of a gratuitous posting as I don't suppose that anyone can identify it from the photo, but I love the pattern left on the beach ;-)
A weed that has a slightly unpleasant smell, not sure what it reminds me of. Covering a lot of space either side of the track.
Another tui that's finding plenty of flax nectar action.
A very large cabbage tree, or a grove of cabbage trees. Appears to be isolated, couldn't spot any others nearby.
Not sure of this tree species, but Kereru eat its fruit.
Kereru feeding on fruit. I have often seen and heard the flight of pigeons around this area, but hadn't before seen their objective.
This second colony behaves a little differently from http://naturewatch.org.nz/observations/1038228. They move very rapidly, and every so often bend double and mark objects? with their abdomen. They also appear to have fewer serrations on their jaw, and a lot have a lighter coloured area where the abdomen joins the next body segment.
I have photographed this ant colony a number of times, but didn't feel that I had a satisfactory closeup for a positive id. But this time I can see the jaws in one photo.
These ants move at a measured pace not like other nearby ants that move very rapidly. I thought that all adult ants of a colony were the same size, but one of the ants here was noticeably smaller (see third photo) but appears to be the same species, and disappeared into the same nest entrance as the rest.
They were busily gathering bite sized morsels from a discarded orange coloured waffle icecream cone.
The colony was inside/behind a concrete or brick block wall joined with cement mortar holding up a sandy bank.
Small red insect that appeared from under the bark of a dead branch, then went back the way it came. Images are a compromise between magnification and depth of field, but hopefully still identifiable! The tree is a Karo if that happens to matter.
Dead rat in car park, cause of death not apparent.
This dead female giant weta found on the footpath in the sanctuary.