'I'm always looking for the Hows and the Whys and the Whats,' said Muskrat, 'That is why I speak as I do. You've heard of Muskrat's Much-in-Little, of course?'
'No,' said the child. 'What is it?'
- The Mouse and his Child. Russell Hoban.

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Sunday, 10 May 2009

The quest continues...

... for a truly excellent tui photo.

I've tried before...  and I tried again today.  This time you can better see the lovely blue-black sheen to the feathers, the brown saddle, the lacy collar, patch of white under the wing, tuft of white feathers at the neck and the whiskers around the beak which this time is wide open and gushing forth with its usual ribald gurgling and chortling.  You can hear Tui's voice in the previous post if you are interested.


  1. What a curious name and curious plumage. Thanks for the introduction.

  2. What a pretty bird, a tui...cute photo! <3

  3. That's a living jewel, if ever I saw one...

  4. Anonymous10.5.09

    patience is a virtue "they" say.
    Your persistence will pay off

  5. I did get one picture of a tui while we were in NZ back in the 80s, but it's not very close, just an opportunist shot on the way home from playcentre with Son No. 2.

    I was glad to get it though. It reminds me of that wonderfully rich and fluid song.

  6. Meant to say, by the way, that I love your photos! Not classic perfection, perhaps. but interesting and detailed enough for me!

  7. Nice pics! What an interesting bird.

  8. You are welcome, Lakeviewer.

    Thanks Cynthia.

    Jinksy, that's a nice way of describing Tui.

    Janet, welcome to TLVD. I am very patient!

    I'm pleased to bring back nice memories, Jay. And thanks for the compliment - I never did ask you... how long were you in NZ, and when?

    Thanks Juliet. Actually NZ has far more interesting ones too! We 'do' birds well :-)

  9. I've tried and managed to photograph the Tui but never as well as that. The sheen is magnificient.


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