At waters edge on open ground.
Oddly enough for this species, at the waters edge. Has the typical tiny serrations on the leaf margin.
At one time there were 63 caterpillars here!
3 flew over
Landed on the lawn and promptly flew away.
Small group of juvenile birds (not full black feathers) and 3 adults birds
Large group were feeding on the lawn, flew away when I first went out but slowly came back to feed in smaller groups.
Where seen foraging around on the lawn
Along edge of estuarine river
Abundant along edge of estuarine river
Big patches at estuarine river edge
At estuarine waters edge amongst tall fescue
In a hollow where a drain goes into the estuary. It was high tide when the photo was taken.
Big patch in amongst Apodasmia similis
A juvenile Harrier showing the typical white head patch of the juv.
Pic 2 shows the juv brown eye, adults have a yellow eye.
I don't know this group at all well so I will need some help. There are a great many seedlings and small trees associated with an old planting along the river here. Most are along the margin of the waterway but others are elsewhere. They are all very close together which made me suspect they are suckers. I asked around and they don't seem to sucker so I now presume they are seedlings. This will be a new record for Casuarina being wild in Christchurch.
As far upstream as this plant gets in the river
About as far upstream as this plant goes.
Suckers from a tree long gone.
As Juncus krausii. In brackish section of the river. Does not go much further upstream than this.
Seedlings are establishing in the native plantings here. The second photo is a flowering adult nearby. This is the local form of this species and is quite different from the North Island forms. You don't often see this plant establishing itself in plantings in Christchurch, so it is good to see.
A localised population of this on the Heathcote River here. Quite a lot on the true right, this is on the true left in amongst the native plantings.
Seedlings establishing in abundance in a native restoration planting. Always good to see.