A cat, a parrot and more sunshine

I have had a couple of what I am going to call bonus days off work this week.  It is really the calm before the storm, since things will soon be getting busy, so I should really be grateful for the time off.  Charlie, our visiting cat, has been round a lot, and has really claimed our terrace as his space.

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We both had a little surprise yesterday with the appearance of a kākā, the big, brown parrot.  These parrots are forest-dwelling birds, found on all three main islands of New Zealand, and have been decreasing in numbers due to forest clearance and introduced mammal predators.  However, they are a relatively common sight in parts of Wellington city, having spread from Zealandia, the wildlife sanctuary in Karori.  The Botanic Gardens in fact have almost labelled them a pest since they rip the bark off the trees.

IMG_3297A visiting kākā

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What is that?

The weather continues to be sunny which is lovely, especially since I have this little bit of time to myself.  Long may it continue!

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