Looking out the balcony of our motel room, I spotted these Australian Shelducks way way off in the distance at dusk. Picture was good enough to identify them at least!!
The next morning at dawn, I spotted this Eastern Rosella Parrot from the same balcony!! First time to see a parrot in the wild It was one I took a picture of and then blew it up later to see what it was!!
I believe this is a Eurasian Blackbird. We have seen many of these as well as starlings, Mynahs and House Sparrows.
I did spot these Black Swans in the lake in Rotorua. Black Swans are only found in New Zealand. There were a lot of black ducks there as well but I suspect those are domestic as I couldn't find them in my bird book. I have since seen Black Swans elsewhere.
Just another of the swans posing for me.
This is an Australian Magpie and we see these all over as well, perching in trees or wondering in pastures. Very pretty in flight. This was at the entrance to the Waiotapu Thermal Wonderland, a NZ park which is beautifully maintained (commercial but run by the Dept of Conservation).
There were many of these New Zealand Fantails flitting around near the entrance to the park. They are nearly impossible to photograph as they are moving so fast among the branches.
I always take pictures of the signs for later perusal!!
One of the many mud craters in the park, steaming and making all sorts of gurgling noises.
This whole area south of Rotorua down to Lake Taupo is very geothermally active. Driving down the road, you could see steam vents.
This was Champagne Lake. Although it is geothermally active like Yellowstone, it looks quite different. The colors here in this park were all created by the different minerals dissolved in the water while at Yellowstone there are all different colors because of the bacterial mats. The limestone at the sides of the craters and lakes was very much like Yellowstone though.
Another of the mud craters.
This was the last feature you saw in the guided walk!! They definitely saved the best for last. The color is created by the sulphur.
Another view of the crater.
This is a closeup of the texture in this crater. There are a series of walks with the shortest taking about 30 minutes. The longest takes about 75 minutes which Warren did.