BIRDS IN LAKE TEKAPO GARDENS
Not long ago, a family from Australia stayed in Alpine Cottage. They were keen birdwatchers and your birder Michael indicated where they could observe the Kaki or Black Stilt, the Wrybill and the Crested Grebe or Puteketeke. Our Australian family had a challenge to find one hundred different birds in one year. Sure the Kaki, the Wrybill and the Puteketeke were new to their list, but they were just as excited by what they observed in Alpine Cottage’s vegetable garden. Not only did they see Blackbirds, Starlings and Thrushes they also saw their first Dunnock. Dunnocks? you may wonder and me as well. Here I was thinking that they were all Sparrows but no. Let me explain it, if you are as ignorant as I was before my Australian family arrived:
When you see a Dunnock, Hedge Sparrow or Prunella modularis you may find them very similar to a House Sparrow. And of course, they do look very similar. But thanks to our Australian guests, I can enlighten you and confirm that there is a difference – huge only in the eye of the beholder but just for during the duration of this blog we are all birdwatchers and entranced by detail:
So now you know. And when you stay at Alpine Cottage, you can see them for yourself and impress your children, your friends or your parents with your ornithologist’s knowledge.
(I used capitals for the birds' names, just because these birds are very important to us)