Graeme L Scott

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Iris unguicularis (also commonly known as the Algerian iris) is a rhizomatous flowering plant in the genus Iris, native to Greece, Turkey, Western Syria, and Tunisia. It grows to 30 centimetres (12 in), with grassy evergreen leaves, producing pale lilac or purple flowers with a central band of yellow on the falls. The flowers appear in winter and early spring. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Iris_unguicularis Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head Close-up Purple Iris Nature EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm Best Shots
Astroloba spiralis is a small succulent plant of the Astroloba genus, endemic to the southern Karoo regions of the Western and Eastern Cape Provinces, South Africa. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Astroloba_spiralis Green Color Beauty In Nature Nature Close-up High Angle View Succulent Plant Spiky Astroloba Spirali EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Large rose pink buds open out to funnel shaped, frilly blooms of pale pink that gradually fade to almost white. The blooms start to appear in winter, nice compact growth habit. https://www.wairere.co.nz/shrubs/All/Rhododendron-Christmas-Cheer Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Pink Color Close-up Stamen Nature Rhododendron
Rhododendron 'Lovelock' (Rhododendron chrysodoron seedling), a New Zealand-raised hybrid introduced in 1977. Named after Jack Lovelock, winner of the 1500m at the 1936 Berlin Olympics. http://www.cfgphoto.com/photo-31130.htm Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Flower Head Nature Stamen Rhododendron EyeEm Nature Lover
Justicia brandegeeana (Mexican shrimp plant, shrimp plant or false hop[2]) is an evergreen shrub in the genus Justicia of the family Acanthaceae, native to Mexico,[1] and also naturalized in Florida. It grows to 1 m tall (rarely more) with spindly limbs. The leaves are oval, green, 3-7.5 cm long. The flowers are white, extending from red bracts which look a bit like a shrimp, hence the shrub's common name, shrimp flower. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Justicia_brandegeeana Flower Close-up Beauty In Nature Nature Flower Head Red Petal Justicia Brandegeana Red Shrimp Flowers EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm
The settlement of Broad Bay is located on the Otago Harbour coast of Otago Peninsula, in the South Island of New Zealand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Broad_Bay,_New_Zealand Sky Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Clear Sky Blue Nature Landscape Broad Bay Otago Peninsula New Zealand
Hoopers Inlet is one of two large inlets in the Pacific coast of Otago Peninsula, in the South Island of New Zealand. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hoopers_Inlet Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Sea Nature Landscape Cloud - Sky Land Hoopers Inlet
The kea (Nestor notabilis) is a species of large parrot in the family Nestoridae[2] found in the forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand. About 48 cm (19 in) long, it is mostly olive-green with a brilliant orange under its wings and has a large, narrow, curved, grey-brown upper beak. The kea is the world's only alpine parrot. Its omnivorous diet includes carrion,[3] but consists mainly of roots, leaves, berries, nectar, and insects. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kea Animal Wildlife Bird Close-up Beak Nature Kea Parrot EyeEm Nature Lover
Camellias have excellent value in the landscape, both for their evergreen glossy foliage and luxuriant blooms. As many plants finish for the season, Camellia ‘Cleopatra’ are just getting started. Native to Japan, the sasanqua species are often overshadowed by the more well known japonicas with their larger, showy flowers. Due to their durability, better cold tolerance and prolific blossoms, sasanquas deserve more attention. Blooming from September until a frost, the semi-double, medium to small blooms of Camellia ‘Cleopatra’ are a light pink with golden yellow stamens clustered in the center. https://www.tynursery.com/plant-library/woody-ornamentals/camellia-sasanqua-cleopatra/ Flower Petal Close-up Beauty In Nature Flower Head Stamen Nature Camellia Sasanqua EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm
The New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is a small insectivorous bird, the only species of fantail in New Zealand. It has four subspecies: R. f. fuliginosa in the South Island, R. f. placabilis in the North Island, R. f. penita in the Chatham Islands, and the now-extinct R. f. cervina formerly on Lord Howe Island. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_fantail Animal Wildlife Branch Bird Perching Tree Close-up Twig Fantail Bird Nature EyeEm Nature Lover
Primula veris (cowslip, common cowslip, cowslip primrose; syn. Primula officinalis Hill) is a herbaceous perennial flowering plant in the primrose family Primulaceae. The species is native throughout most of temperate Europe and western Asia,[1] and although absent from more northerly areas including much of northwest Scotland, it reappears in northernmost Sutherland and Orkney and in Scandinavia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Primula_veris Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Yellow Flower Head Close-up Nature Primula Veris EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
A hedgehog is any of the spiny mammals of the subfamily Erinaceinae, in the eulipotyphlan family Erinaceidae. There are seventeen species of hedgehog in five genera found through parts of Europe, Asia, and Africa, and in New Zealand by introduction. There are no hedgehogs native to Australia and no living species native to the Americas (the extinct genus Amphechinus was once present in North America). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hedgehog Hedgehog One Animal Animal Themes Animal Wildlife Green Color Nature Close-up Woodhaugh Garden EyeEm Nature Lover
The scarlet macaw (Ara macao) is a large red, yellow, and blue Central and South American parrot, a member of a large group of Neotropical parrots called macaws. It is native to humid evergreen forests of tropical Central and South America. Range extends from south-eastern Mexico to the Peruvian Amazon, Colombia, Bolivia, Venezuela and Brazil in lowlands of 500 m (1,640 ft) (at least formerly) up to 1,000 m (3,281 ft). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scarlet_macaw Bird Parrot Macaw Perching Multi Colored Nature Beak Cage Scarlet Macaw EyeEm Nature Lover
The crested pigeon (Ocyphaps lophotes) is a bird found widely throughout mainland Australia except for the far northern tropical areas. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crested_pigeon Bird Nature Close-up Animal Wildlife Pigeon Side View EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
The diamond dove (Geopelia cuneata) is a resident bird in Australia. The dove predominantly exists in areas near water but which are lightly arid or semi-arid in nature, being Central, West and Northern Australia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Diamond_dove Bird Close-up Beak Nature Perching Animal Wildlife Dove EyeEm Nature Lover
The New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa) is a small insectivorous bird, the only species of fantail in New Zealand. It has four subspecies: R. f. fuliginosa in the South Island, R. f. placabilis in the North Island, R. f. penita in the Chatham Islands, and the now-extinct R. f. cervina formerly on Lord Howe Island. It is also known by its Maori names, Pīwakawaka, Tīwakawaka or Piwaiwaka; the common pied morph is also known as pied fantail (not to be confused with the Malaysian or Philippine pied fantails), and the uncommon dark morph is also known as black fantail (not to be confused with the black fantail of New Guinea). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/New_Zealand_fantail Tree Branch Bird Perching Beauty In Nature Fantail Nature EyeEm Nature Lover
Moturata, also called Taieri Island, is an island in the mouth of the Taieri River in southern New Zealand. It is connected to the mainland by a sandy causeway at low tide. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moturata_/_Taieri_Island Beauty In Nature Tree Sky Nature Scenics - Nature Landscape Clear Sky Beach Waves Taerimouth EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm
Tui have almost-black heads, underparts, wings and tails that have an iridescent blue and green sheen, especially on the head and wings. The upper back and flanks are dark reddish brown with a bronze sheen, the nape and sides of the neck have filamentous white feathers, and there are two unusual curled white feather tufts on the throat (poi). http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/tui Bird Tree Perching Branch Nature Tui EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm Best Shots
Tunnel Beach is a locality 7.5 kilometres (4.7 mi) southwest of the city centre of Dunedin, New Zealand. Located just south of St Clair, Tunnel Beach has sea-carved sandstone cliffs, rock arches and caves. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunnel_Beach Sea Water Sky Horizon Over Water Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Nature Blue Tunnel Beach Dunedin New Zealand EyeEm
Eastern rosella are easily identified by their bright red heads, with white cheek patches. The red extends down onto the chest and forms a “bib”, giving way to a yellow belly. The upper back is yellow to green, with black patches in the centre of each feather. The rump is bright green, often observed when they are flying away. The upperwings are dark blue with bright blue shoulders. They have long tails, almost equal in length to the rest of their body – dark green in the centre, becoming light blue toward the outside. Males are typically brighter in colour than females. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/eastern-rosella Bird Animal Wildlife Nature Multi Colored Close-up Red Rosella EyeEm Nature Lover
Males are smart chestnut-brown, white-and-grey with a distinctive black “bib”; they are difficult to confuse with any other species. Females and young lack the bib and are greyer, with lighter brown dorsal plumage than the male. Their underparts are plain grey, but their backs and wings are variegated several shades of brown and white. The robust conical bill is black in breeding males, otherwise pale pinkish-brown. The eyes are dark brown and legs dull pink. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/house-sparrow Bird Leaf Perching Nature Sparrow Animal Wildlife EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Bellbirds are green with a short, curved bill, slightly forked tail, and noisy whirring, fast and direct flight. Adult males are olive green, slightly paler on the underparts, with a head tinted purple; wings and tail blackish. Female are browner with narrow white-yellow stripe across the cheek from the base of the bill, and bluish gloss on top of head. Adults of both sexes have wine-red eyes. Juveniles are similar to females, but with yellowish cheek stripe, brown eyes and lacking the bluish gloss on the head. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/bellbird Tree Branch Nature Twig Leaf Beauty In Nature Bird Bellbird EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Tui are boisterous, medium-sized, common and widespread bird of forest and suburbia – unless you live in Canterbury. They look black from a distance, but in good light tui have a blue, green and bronze iridescent sheen, and distinctive white throat tufts (poi). They are usually very vocal, with a complicated mix of tuneful notes interspersed with coughs, grunts and wheezes. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/tui Bird Tree Animal Wildlife Nature Black Color Tui Perching EyeEm Nature Lover
Thunbergia grandiflora is an evergreen vine in the family Acanthaceae.[2] It is native to China, India, Nepal, Indochina and Burma and widely naturalised elsewhere.[3] Common names include Bengal clockvine, Bengal trumpet, blue skyflower, blue thunbergia, blue trumpetvine, clockvine, skyflower and skyvine. The blue to mauve flowers are about 8 cm across with a 4 cm long tube that is pale yellow inside. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunbergia_grandiflora Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Close-up Thunbergia Grandiflora Blue Nature EyeEm Nature Lover
The silvereye colonised New Zealand from Australia in the 1850s, and is now one of New Zealand’s most abundant and widespread bird species. It is found throughout New Zealand and its offshore and outlying islands, occurring in most vegetated habitats, including suburban gardens, farmland, orchards, woodlands and forests. Silvereyes are small songbirds that are easily recognised by their conspicuous white eye-ring; their plumage is mainly olive-green above and cream below. It is an active, mobile species that moves about frequently, including making sea crossings. http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/silvereye Beauty In Nature Tree Branch Nature Bird Silvereye Green Color EyeEm Nature Lover
The eastern rosella is a brightly coloured, broad-tailed parakeet native to south-eastern Australia. It was introduced to New Zealand in the early 1900s, and is now common over much of the North Island, with a smaller population centred on Dunedin. They typically move around the landscape in pairs or small flocks, often given away by their noisy chatter or loud, in-flight alarm call. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/eastern-rosella Bird Tree Nature Branch Perching Rosella Parrot EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Dahlia imperialis, or bell tree dahlia, is an 8-10 metre tall member of the genus Dahlia native to Mexico, Central America and Colombia. It is a plant of the uplands and mountains, occurring at elevations of 1,500–1,700 metres (4,900–5,600 ft), and its leaves are used as a dietary supplement by the Q'eqchi' people of San Pedro Carchá in Alta Verapaz, Guatemala.[1] It is a tuberous, herbaceous perennial, rapidly growing from the base after a dormant winter period, developing brittle, cane-like, 4-angled stems with swollen nodes and large tripinnate leaves, those near the ground soon being shed. The pendant or nodding flowerheads are 75-150mm across with ray florets lavender or mauvish-pink in colour. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dahlia_imperialis Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head Nature Dahlia Close-up EyeEm Nature Lover
A large, olive-brown parrot with grey-white crown, red-orange underwing and deep crimson belly and under-tail coverts. Males have a noticeably longer and deeper upper mandible and bigger head than females but this is generally only apparent when the two sexes are seen side by side. Voice: a harsh, repeated, rhythmic “ka-aa” when flying above the forest canopy, harsh grating “kraak” alarm call when disturbed. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/kaka Bird Close-up Nature Side View Kaka Parrot Parrot Animal Head  EyeEm Nature Lover
The jade plant is an evergreen with thick branches. It has thick, shiny, smooth leaves that grow in opposing pairs along the branches. Leaves are a rich jade green, although some may appear to be more of a yellow-green. Some varieties may develop a red tinge on the edges of leaves when exposed to high levels of sunlight. New stem growth is the same color and texture as the leaves. Although becoming brown and appearing woody with age, stems never become true lignified tissue, remaining succulent and fleshy throughout the plant's life. Under the right conditions, they may produce small white or pink, star-like shaped flowers in the fall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crassula_ovata Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Petal Nature White Color Flower Head Crassula Ovata EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Gorgeous clean white large single white flowers Spicy fragrant beauty, dianthus are commonly called 'pinks', and are easy and rewarding to grow. https://www.mercervaledaffodils.co.nz/shop/fragrant-garden/dianthus-far-north Flower Beauty In Nature Petal Close-up Flower Head Pink Color Nature Dianthus EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Achillea millefolium, commonly known as yarrow /ˈjæroʊ/ or common yarrow, is a flowering plant in the family Asteraceae. It is native to temperate regions of the Northern Hemisphere in Asia, Europe, and North America. It has been introduced as a feed for livestock in places like New Zealand and Australia, where it is a common herb of both wet and dry areas, such as roadsides, meadows, fields and coastal places. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Achillea_millefolium Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head Nature Close-up Achillea Millefolium EyeEm Nature Lover
Tolerant to dryness and neglect, this upright species from Brazil has always been one of the best examples of the “indestructible begonia.” The thick, round, leathery leaves are covered with fine white hairs and clusters of fragrant white blooms arise on tall stems year-round. It likes a bright location with some direct sun if possible and can thrive in conditions that are dry in both soil moisture and atmosphere. Pruning the upright stems to maintain height is taken with ease. https://www.logees.com/begonia-venosa-begonia-species.html Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Petal White Color Nature Begonia EyeEm Nature Lover
Urban Country Crossover best describes Lee Stream. Only 40 minutes drive from Dunedin to the put-in, Lee Stream offers a complete adventure close to town. Horizon lines, steep rapids, hard portages, all in a tight gorge with fantastic native bush around. At the upper end of the flow it gets very pushy and powerful. Lee Stream was first paddled in the early 1990's by Dunedin locals Keith Riley et al, and then went untouched for several years before being rediscovered in 2006 by Craig Adams et al. https://rivers.org.nz/nz/otago/lee-stream/lee-stream Beauty In Nature Scenics - Nature High Angle View Landscape Tree Non-urban Scene Sunlight Lee Stream EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
The Rock and Pillar Range of high hills is located in the Maniototo, an area of inland Otago, New Zealand. They are surrounded by the Taieri River, which has its source in the range, flowing out across the scroll plain at Paerau, before almost doubling back on itself at Waipiata and flowing back along the other side through the Strath-Taieri. The town of Middlemarch lies close to the Taieri to the east of the range, and Patearoa lies to the northwest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Pillar_Range Landscape Sky Scenics - Nature Mountain Nature Beauty In Nature Rock And Pillar Otago New Zealand Landscape EyeEm Nature Lover
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers and those species are commonly known simply as "hibiscus", or less widely known as rose mallow. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head Close-up Stamen Yellow Hibiscus Nature EyeEm Nature Lover
Calliandra haematocephala, commonly called red powder puff, is an evergreen shrub or small tree native to Bolivia. It was formerly included in the legume or pea family, but has recently been shifted into the mimosa family. It typically grows 10-15’ tall in its native habitat and is a very popular flowering shrub in central and southern Florida where it will survive year-round in the ground. Bipinnately compound leaves (5-10 pairs of leaflets per pinna) open copper-pink but mature to dark green. Raspberry-like flower buds open to hemispherical red powder puff flower heads (to 3” across) consisting of masses of scarlet stamens. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?kempercode=a493 Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Flower Head Nature Calliandra Haematocephala EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers and those species are commonly known simply as "hibiscus", or less widely known as rose mallow. There are also names for hibiscus such as hardy hibiscus, rose of sharon, and tropical hibiscus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus Flower Beauty In Nature Petal Flower Head Yellow Close-up Nature Hibiscus EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm
A hardy, dense shrub that is suited to many uses. Considered slow growing, they eventually fill out to be wonderful fillers or hedges and provide colour in those dull winter months. http://www.mooresvalleynurseries.co.nz/page/catalogue.aspx?prodid=9A600182-21C5-48F4-899B-EA5F386CD703 Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Close-up Flower Head Pink Color Nature Leaf Camellia EyeEm Nature Lover
'Black Beauty' does not quite live up to its name. Although extremely beautiful, the color is more of a deep burgundy-rose color. The flowers are large and attention getting, for this reason alone it is definitely worth growing. But to say the flowers are purple to black is a stretch. https://hibiscus-malvaceae-rosa-sinensis.blogspo Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head Close-up Stamen Nature Hibiscus Purple EyeEm Nature Lover
Camellia Fuji No Mine is a magnificent evergreen shrub with lush green foliage and produces beautiful large, pure white, informal double blooms during Autumn and early Winter. An ideal container plant that will provide a delicate feature to any garden or landscape. https://www.benaranurseries.com/plants/camellia-fuji-no-mine-10936 Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head White Color Close-up Nature Stamen Camellia EyeEm Nature Lover
The fantail is one of New Zealand’s best known birds, with its distinctive fanned tail and loud song, and particularly because it often approaches within a metre or two of people. Its wide distribution and habitat preferences, including frequenting well-treed urban parks and gardens, means that most people encounter fantails occasionally. They can be quite confiding, continuing to nest build or visit their nestlings with food when people watch quietly. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/new-zealand-fantail Animal Wildlife Tree Branch Perching Bird Beauty In Nature Close-up Nature Fantail EyeEm Nature Lover
The humpback whale (Megaptera novaeangliae) is a species of baleen whale. One of the larger rorqual species, adults range in length from 12–16 m (39–52 ft) and weigh around 25–30 metric tons (28–33 short tons). The humpback has a distinctive body shape, with long pectoral fins and a knobbly head. It is known for breaching and other distinctive surface behaviors, making it popular with whale watchers. Males produce a complex song lasting 10 to 20 minutes, which they repeat for hours at a time. Its purpose is not clear, though it may have a role in mating. Found in oceans and seas around the world, humpback whales typically migrate up to 25,000 km (16,000 mi) each year. They feed in polar waters, and migrate to tropical or subtropical waters to breed and give birth, fasting and living off their fat reserves. Their diet consists mostly of krill and small fish. Humpbacks have a diverse repertoire of feeding methods, including the bubble net technique. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Humpback_whale Aquatic Mammal Sea Marine Whale Sea Life Mammal Humpback Whale EyeEm Nature Lover
The white-fronted tern is a medium-sized, long-tailed sea tern that is common around New Zealand coasts. It is pale grey above and white below, with a black cap that is separated from the bill by a white band (or by an entirely white fore-crown in non-breeding plumage). The tail is white and forked; the length of the tail and depth of the fork decrease in size outside of the breeding season. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/white-fronted-tern Bird Flying Spread Wings Mid-air Nature Beauty In Nature Tern EyeEm Nature Lover
The spotted shag is a slim, medium-sized, grey-blue marine shag with a long, slender bill and yellow-orange feet. Adult breeding birds have small black spots on the pale silver-grey and brown back and wings, pale grey-blue underparts, and black thighs, rump and tail. A distinctive curved broad white stripe runs from above the eye down both sides of the neck, separating the black lines of the throat, pale silver-grey and brown back, and long neck to the base of the wing. White filoplumes grow diagonally from the black neck and thighs, and a distinctive black, decurved, double crest grows erect on the forehead and nape. Bare facial skin between the eye and bill turns green-blue before the breeding season. The eye ring is blue, the iris dark brown. and the long, slender, hooked bill orange-brown. Non-breeding adults are duller, lack crests, have a neck stripe obscured by dark feathers, yellowish facial skin, and paler underparts. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/spotted-shag Bird Nature Close-up Profile View Spotted Shag Aramoana Dunedin New Zealand Beak EyeEm Nature Lover
Goldfinches are small finches with flashes of bright yellow and red, common in open country throughout New Zealand. Introduced from Britain 1862-1883, their tinkling calls contribute to the collective noun “a charm of goldfinches”. They are mainly seed-eaters, and often gather in flocks to feed on thistle seed. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/european-goldfinch Bird Flying Nature Flock Of Birds Beauty In Nature Goldfinch Mid-air EyeEm Nature Lover
This is a particularly attractive form of Plectranthus fruticosus, a shade-loving species with flowers mostly in shades of mauve but also in blue and pink. Plectranthus fruticosus 'James' has smaller, more succulent leaves and pink flowers. It is a robust, fast-growing, upright, drought resistant shrub that will reach a height of up to 2m. http://growwild.co.za/trees/plectranthus-fruticosus-james Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Purple Nature Flower Head Plectranthus Fruiticosu EyeEm Nature Lover
A. bakeri is an evergreen succulent perennial to 20cm, forming a mat of dark green rosettes, leaves narrow, speckled white; orange-red tubular flowers in racemes. https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/108621/i-Aloe-bakeri-i/Details Flower Close-up Beauty In Nature Nature Orange Color Aloe EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
'Rainbow' is a vigorous, upright large shrub or small tree, up to 6m high, with leaves, up to 8cm long, that are purple when young, then glossy bright green above and paler beneath. From autumn to early winter it produces fragrant single flowers, up to 7cm across, which have white petals edged with pink, and conspicuous golden yellow stamens. https://www.rhs.org.uk/Plants/28532/Camellia-sasanqua-Rainbow/Details Flower Beauty In Nature Petal Close-up Flower Head Stamen Yellow Nature White Color Camellia Sasanqua EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
rugmansia versicolor is a bush or small tree reaching 3.0–4.9 m (10–16 ft) in height. It has an alternate insertion of elliptic/oblong leaves that are entire with smooth edges. One of the most prominent characteristics of B. versicolor is the presence of giant drooping flowers which hang upside down, which is where it gets its common name of Angel's Trumpet. The flowers are the largest of all Brugmansia at 300–510 mm (12–20 in) in length. They open first white, but then may age to turn peach, pink, apricot or remain white. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brugmansia_versicolor Leaf Close-up Yellow Flower Nature Brugmansia Angels Trumpet EyeEm EyeEmNewHere
Turnera ulmifolia, the ramgoat dashalong or yellow alder, is a species of plant of family Passifloraceae, native to Mexico and the West Indies. A recent study found that yellow alder potentiated the antibiotic activity against methicillin—resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA). https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Turnera_ulmifolia Flower Beauty In Nature Yellow Petal Flower Head Close-up Leaf EyeEm
Camellia 'Mine No Yuki' is a spreading large shrub with semi double beautiful white flowers and glossy green foliage. It has an arching and somewhat weeping habit, and is a dense grower. It is an early autumn flowerer, and they are prolific. https://www.homedesigndirectory.com.au/gardening/plant-finder/plant-descriptions/camellia-sasanqua/mine-no-yuki/?plant-id=1469 Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Petal Flower Head White Color Nature Camellia EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
International Rhododendron Register entry: 'Littlest Angel' cv. Lepidote rhododendron : viriosum (s) X pauciflorum H: G.L.S. Snell, G: G.L.S. Snell (1983), N: G.L.S. Snell, I: G.L.S. Snell, REG: G.L.S. Snell (1984) Flowers 4/truss, tubular-campanulate, 30x25mm, vivid red (46C). http://www.vireya.net/gallery-hybL.htm Flower Beauty In Nature Flower Head Close-up Red Stamen Rhododendron EyeEm Nature Lover
The white-faced heron is New Zealand's most common heron, despite being a relatively new arrival to this country. It is a tall, elegant, blue-grey bird that can be seen stalking its prey in almost any aquatic habitat, including damp pasture and playing fields. Because it occupies space also shared with people it is usually well habituated to their presence, and may allow close approach. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/white-faced-heron Animal Wildlife Bird Heron Beauty In Nature White Color Nature Water Bird Tidal Wetlands EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm
Waikouaiti Beach is located two kilometres drive from State Highway 1 and is accessed through Waikouaiti township. The beach has a scattering of local residents and the most popular all year round activity is fishing. Surfers also will use the beach during winter but swimming is isolated to the summer months. The beach is the shape of a squashed horse shoe and there will usually be a calm end of the beach. The beach can be dangerous during larger swells. http://www.findabeach.co.nz/beaches/waikouaiti/about/ Land Sky Grass Sea Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Nature Green Color Landscape Horizon Over Water Beach Waikouaiti EyeEm EyeEm Best Shots
Greenfinches are similar in size to, but more thickset than a house sparrow. They are sexually dimorphic; males are green, varying in intensity, with some yellow on the abdomen. There are bright yellow bars on the leading edges of the wings. The female, by contrast, is dull and sparrow-like with little yellow on the wings. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/european-greenfinch Goldfinches are smaller than a house sparrow, with a bright yellow wingbar visible both in flight and when perched. Wings and tail otherwise black (some white spots near tail tip), contrasting with the buff-brown back. Adults have diagnostic bright red, white and black facial feathering. The red is more extensive in the males, especially above and behind the eye. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/european-goldfinch Bird Flying Nature Flock Of Birds Greenfinch Goldfinch Mid-air EyeEm Nature Lover
This interesting plant has large, showy and persistent calyces, which should be left on the plant after flowering for their decorative effect. http://www.gesneriads.info/genera/cobananthus-calochlamys/ Flower Close-up Beauty In Nature Flower Head Nature Pink Color Alloplectus Calochlamys EyeEm
Rhododendron jasminiflorum is a rhododendron species native to Malacca and Mount Ophir in the Malay Peninsula. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron_jasminiflorum Flower Beauty In Nature White Color Close-up Nature Flower Head Rhododendron EyeEm Nature Lover
Paphiopedilum insigne is a species of orchid endemic to the Indian states of Assam and Meghalaya and the Myanmar states of Kachin, Shan and Kayar. It is known as (Ngwe nar phyu) in Myanmar. It is the type species of the genus Paphiopedilum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paphiopedilum_insigne Flower Close-up Beauty In Nature Flower Head Green Color Leaf Nature Orchid EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Dichorisandra thyrsiflora or blue ginger is a species of tropical flowering plant which resembles ginger in growth and habit, but is actually related to the spiderworts (the genus Tradescantia). The plant is native to the tropical woodlands of North, Central and South America, especially in Atlantic Forest vegetation in Brazil. Of the family Commelinaceae, it is cultivated for its handsome spotted stems and large shiny foliage which is held horizontally, surmounted by striking blue flowers. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dichorisandra_thyrsiflora Flower Beauty In Nature Petal Close-up Nature Dichorisandra Purple EyeEm
The grey teal is small, slim, ‘plain-faced’ duck, considerably smaller than a mallard or grey duck. It is mostly grey-brown in colour with pale cheeks, chin and throat. The eye is bright crimson, especially in adult males, and the bill is dark grey. Immature birds have a duller red eye. Wings are dark brown with the primaries darker brown, a broad green speculum on the secondaries, and a white stripe on the inner wing, just in front of the speculum. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/grey-teal Water Bird Nature Duck Grey Teal Waikouaiti New Zealand EyeEm
Crocosmia is a small genus of flowering plants in the iris family, Iridaceae. It is native to the grasslands of southern and eastern Africa, ranging from South Africa to Sudan. One species is endemic to Madagascar.[1] They can be evergreen or deciduous perennials that grow from basal underground corms. The alternate leaves are cauline and ensiform (sword shaped). The blades are parallel-veined. The margin is entire. The corms form in vertical chains with the youngest at the top and oldest and largest buried most deeply in the soil. The roots of the lowermost corm in a chain are contractile roots and drag the corm deeper into the ground where conditions allow. The chains of corms are fragile and easily separated, a quality that has enabled some species to become invasive and difficult to control in the garden. They have colourful inflorescences of 4 to 20 vivid red and orange subopposite flowers on a divaricately (horizontally) branched stem. The terminal inflorescence can have the form of a cyme or a raceme. These flower from early summer well into fall. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crocosmia Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Close-up Flower Head Nature Orange Color Crocosmia EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm Best Shots
syn Hesperantha. Late flowering hardy perennial. Likes moist, but well drained soil any site. Plenty of summer water needed for autumn flowers. Slender spires of rose pink silky flowers over grass-like foliage. https://www.westcountrylupins.co.uk/acatalog/Schizostylis-coccinea--Viscountess-Byng--1811.html#readmore Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head Nature Close-up Schizostylis Coccinea EyeEm
A poppy is a flowering plant in the subfamily Papaveroideae of the family Papaveraceae. Poppies are herbaceous plants, often grown for their colourful flowers. One species of poppy, Papaver somniferum, is the source of the narcotic drug opium which contains powerful medicinal alkaloids such as morphine and has been used since ancient times as an analgesic and narcotic medicinal and recreational drug. It also produces edible seeds. Following the trench warfare in the poppy fields of Flanders, Belgium during World War I, poppies have become a symbol of remembrance of soldiers who have died during wartime. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Poppy Red Petal Close-up Flower Head Flower Beauty In Nature Nature Poppy Flower EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Hypericum is a genus of flowering plants in the family Hypericaceae (formerly considered a subfamily of Clusiaceae). Hypericum is unusual for a genus of its size because a worldwide taxonomic monograph[3] was produced for it by Norman Robson (working at the Natural History Museum, London). Robson recognizes 36 sections within Hypericum. Regarded as an invasive species and noxious weed, the genus has a nearly worldwide distribution, missing only from tropical lowlands, deserts and polar regions. All members of the genus may be referred to as St. John's wort, and some are known as goatweed. The white or pink flowered marsh St. John's-worts of North American and eastern Asia are now separated into the genus Triadenum. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hypericum Yellow Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Nature Hypericum Flower Head EyeEm
Oxalis is a large genus of flowering plants in the wood-sorrel family Oxalidaceae comprising about 570 species. The genus occurs throughout most of the world, except for the polar areas; species diversity is particularly rich in tropical Brazil, Mexico and South Africa. Many of the species are known as wood sorrels (sometimes written "woodsorrels" or "wood-sorrels") as they have an acidic taste reminiscent of the sorrel proper (Rumex acetosa), which is only distantly related. Some species are called yellow sorrels or pink sorrels after the color of their flowers instead. Other species are colloquially known as false shamrocks, and some called sourgrasses. For the genus as a whole, the term oxalises is also used. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oxalis Flower Beauty In Nature Petal Flower Head Close-up Nature Yellow High Angle View Oxalis EyeEm Nature Lover
Begonia ‘Sugar Candy’ (Begonia). Bright pink peony-shaped flowers are produced in abundance above dark-green foliage. https://www.greenplantswap.co.uk/plants/2172-begonia-sugar-candy Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Pink Color Close-up Nature Begonia EyeEm Nature Lover
Pleiospilos is a genus of succulent flowering plants of the Aizoaceae family, native to South Africa. The name is derived from the Greek pleios "many" and spìlos "spot". The plants are also known as kwaggavy ("Quagga mesemb"), lewerplant ("liver plant"), lewervygie ("liver mesemb"), klipplant ("stone plant"), split rock or mimicry plant. Pleiospilos species have two or four opposite, very fleshy, grey-green leaves growing from a short stem that may be underground.[1] The leaves, with their hemispherical shape and pitted texture, often strongly resemble a pile of split pebbles to deter predators. Flowers emerge from the center of the leaves, and may be very big in relation to the overall size of the plant. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pleiospilos Flower Beauty In Nature Flower Head Close-up Petal Yellow Peliospilos Compacta EyeEm Nature Lover
The flowers arise on the crown, often several at a time, nearly hidden in the dense wool. They are glossy, pale yellow, with broad limb, 5.5 cm in diameter, and with a faint scent. The filaments, anthers and style are yellow, the 7 to 12 lobed stigma darker. The ovary measures about 1 cm across. It is one of the first species to flower, even 2 to 3 year old seedlings may bloom. http://www.cactus-art.biz/schede/COPIAPOA/Copiapoa_montana/Copiapoa_montana/copiapoa_montana_fr522.htm Flower Beauty In Nature Yellow Flower Head Close-up Nature Copiapoa Montana EyeEm Nature Lover
Tricyrtis hirta, the toad lily, or hairy toad lily, is a Japanese species of hardy perennial plants in the lily family. Tricyrtis hirta is found growing on shaded rocky cliffs and stream banks in central and southern Japan. Leaves are large and wide, clasping around the stem. The flowers are whitish to pale purple with dark purple spots. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tricyrtis_hirta Flower Close-up Petal Flower Head Nature Purple Tricyrtis Hirta Beauty In Nature
The familiar large gull throughout New Zealand. Adults have white head and underparts with black back, yellow bill with red spot near tip of lower mandible, and pale green legs. http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/southern-black-backed-gull Bird Seagull Perching Nature Sea Bird White Color Close-up Gull Black-backed Gull EyeEm Nature Lover
The pied stilt is a medium-large wader with very long pink legs and a long, fine, black bill. The body is mainly white with black back and wings, and black on the back of the head and neck. In flight the white body and black on the back of the neck are conspicuous. The underside of the wings is black, and the long pink legs trailing behind are diagnostic. http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/pied-stilt Animal Bird Water Nature Close-up Beak Stilt Waikouaiti EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
The white-faced heron is New Zealand's most common heron, despite being a relatively new arrival to this country. It is a tall, elegant, blue-grey bird that can be seen stalking its prey in almost any aquatic habitat, including damp pasture and playing fields. Because it occupies space also shared with people it is usually well habituated to their presence, and may allow close approach. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/white-faced-heron Bird Animal Wildlife Water Heron Nature Water Bird Waikouaiti EyeEm Nature Lover
Sarracenia leucophylla, also known as the crimson pitcherplant, purple trumpet-leaf or white pitcherplant, is a carnivorous plant in the genus Sarracenia. Sarracenia leucophylla has nodding, brownish-red flowers and clusters of erect, hollow, pitcher-like leaves. Each leaf is colored at top with reddish-purple veins on a white background and topped by an erect, roundish, wavy-edged hood. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarracenia_leucophylla Green Color Close-up Leaf Nature Beauty In Nature Flower Sarracenialeucophylla EyeEm Nature Lover
Hibiscus is a genus of flowering plants in the mallow family, Malvaceae. The genus is quite large, comprising several hundred species that are native to warm temperate, subtropical and tropical regions throughout the world. Member species are renowned for their large, showy flowers and those species are commonly known simply as "hibiscus", or less widely known as rose mallow. There are also names for hibiscus such as hardy hibiscus, rose of sharon, and tropical hibiscus. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hibiscus Flower Petal Beauty In Nature Flower Head Close-up Hibiscus Nature Pink Color EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
The Rock and Pillar Range of high hills is located in the Maniototo, an area of inland Otago, New Zealand. They are surrounded by the Taieri River, which has its source in the range, flowing out across the scroll plain at Paerau, before almost doubling back on itself at Waipiata and flowing back along the other side through the Strath-Taieri. The town of Middlemarch lies close to the Taieri to the east of the range, and Patearoa lies to the northwest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rock_and_Pillar_Range Landscape Road Scenics - Nature Sky Mountain Non-urban Scene Land Beauty In Nature Mountain Range Nature EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Middlemarch sits at the foot of the Rock and Pillar ranges in a sweeping valley that extends up towards Central Otago. Within this dramatic backdrop of mountains, rocky outcrops and golden tussock, the quaint township of Middlemarch is a beacon of country hospitality. https://www.dunedinnz.com/visit/around-and-about/day-tripping/middlemarch Tors are landforms created by the erosion and weathering of rock; most commonly granites, but also schists, dacites, dolerites, ignimbrites,[3] coarse sandstones and others.[citation needed] Tors are mostly less than 5 meters (16 ft) high. Many hypotheses have been proposed to explain their origin and this remains a topic of discussion among geologists and geomorphologists, and physical geographers. It is considered likely that tors were created by geomorphic processes that differed widely in type and duration according to regional and local differences in climate and rock types. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tor_(rock_formation) Sky Road Landscape Clear Sky Grass Nature Scenics - Nature Non-urban Scene Blue Beauty In Nature Tors Middlemarch New Zealand EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
The Kakanui Range is a range of high hills located inland from Oamaru in the South Island of New Zealand. The range forms a boundary between the valley of the Waitaki River to the north and the high plateau known as the Maniototo and the upper watershed of the Taieri River to the southwest. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kakanui_Range Sky Road Landscape Clear Sky Land Nature Field Day vanishing point Blue Kakanui Range New Zealand EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Ranfurly Station, built in 1898, was the line's main crew and engine change-over station. As recently as 1983 it had a Stationmaster, Office Assistant, Traffic Operator (Shunter), Train Examiner, Inspector Permanent way and his assistant, a Track Gang and a Bridge Gang. https://www.otagocentralrailtrail.co.nz/things-to-see-and-do/railway-heritage/#ranfurly-station The line remained open for some time longer than most other branch lines in the South Island, and was used to move construction materials for the Clyde Dam project. With the completion of the dam in 1990, there was little other traffic for the line and the line was closed by the New Zealand Railways Corporation on 30 April 1990. The demolition of the line from Clyde back to Middlemarch commenced on 8 December 1990 and was completed on 5 December 1991. Part of the section closest to Dunedin and to Middlemarch became a tourist railway, operated by Dunedin Railways. The remainder of the line was lifted and the trackbed developed into the Otago Central Rail Trail. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Otago_Central_Railway Transportation Built Structure Architecture Sunlight Tree Ranfurly New Zealand Railway Station EyeEm EyeEm Selects
Dunback, formerly Waihemo, is a small town in the Otago region of New Zealand. It is located between Palmerston and Ranfurly on Highway 85. It has a population of about 200 people. Most of these people live in the rural areas near the town. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dunback Sky Cloud - Sky Landscape Grass Scenics - Nature Beauty In Nature Nature Non-urban Scene Green Color Tree Dunback New Zealand EyeEm
The Ancona is a breed of domestic duck, characterised by an unusual and variable broken-colored plumage pattern. It is not clear whether it originated in the United Kingdom or in the United States. It is not recognised or listed by the American Poultry Association, by the Entente Européenne d'Aviculture et de Cuniculture, or by the Poultry Club of Great Britain. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ancona_duck Bird Water Duck Nature Water Bird Close-up Ancona EyeEm Nature Lover
Leea guineensis, commonly called, West Indian holly, Hawaiian holly or burgundy leea, is a tropical evergreen shrub to small tree that typically grows in outdoor, frost-free locations to 5-20’ tall. Tiny flowers (each to 1/2" wide) appear in domed, many-branched, terminal clusters (cymes to 3-5" wide). Flowers are reddish-orange outside and a paler yellowish-orange inside. Flowers may bloom throughout the year in ideal growing conditions. http://www.missouribotanicalgarden.org/PlantFinder/PlantFinderDetails.aspx?taxonid=287547&isprofile=0& Flower Beauty In Nature Close-up Flower Head Nature Leaf Orange Color Leea EyeEm Nature Lover EyeEm
Rhododendron /ˌroʊdəˈdɛndrən/ (from Ancient Greek ῥόδον rhódon "rose" and δένδρον déndron "tree")[3][4] is a genus of 1,024 species of woody plants in the heath family (Ericaceae), either evergreen or deciduous, and found mainly in Asia, although it is also widespread throughout the highlands of the Appalachian Mountains of North America. It is the national flower of Nepal as well as the state flower of West Virginia and Washington. Most species have brightly coloured flowers which bloom from late winter through to early summer. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rhododendron Flower Petal Flower Head Beauty In Nature Close-up Orange Color Nature Stamen Orange Rhododendron EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Orange blend Hybrid Tea. Bred by G. Peter Ilsink (Netherlands, before 2002). Introduced in Netherlands by Interplant BV in 2003 as 'Devotion'. Hybrid Tea. Orange blend. Apricot orange. High-centered bloom form. https://www.helpmefind.com/rose/l.php?l=2.41091.2 Flower Yellow Beauty In Nature Flower Head Petal Close-up Rosé Nature Rose - Flower EyeEm Nature Lover
'Nonstop Deep Red' is the latest addition to a wide range of colors for this popluar series of tuberous begonias. This variety has 4-inch double blossoms, deep red flowers on 8- to 10-inch dark green foliage. To ensure fullness, give young plants plenty of room to grow. https://www.theflowerexper Flower Petal Flower Head Beauty In Nature Nature Close-up Red Begonia EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
Orange blend Hybrid Tea. Registration name: MEIronsse Exhibition name: Christopher Columbus Bred by Meilland International (France). Bred by Alain Meilland (1940-....) (France, 1992). Hybrid Tea. Orange blend, copper undertones. [Salmon-orange.] None to mild, strong fragrance. 26 to 45 petals. Average diameter 4.5". Large, full (26-40 petals), borne mostly solitary, cluster-flowered, in small clusters, cupped bloom form. Blooms in flushes throughout the season. Medium, armed with thorns / prickles, upright. Large, semi-glossy, dark green foliage. Height of 3' to 5' (90 to 150 cm). https://www.helpmefind.com/rose/l.php?l=2.1172.7 Beauty In Nature Flower Petal Flower Head Close-up Drop Rosé Rose - Flower Wet Nature Water RainDrop EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
named after the occurrence of some species nearby the city of Copiapó, Chile globular, later often columnar, clumping and forms large mounds gray to green in various shades ribs in different amount, usually only very slight spines various also in amount, lenght and color flowers short tubular, some fragrant, yellow to light yellow, it is a good identifying feature for this genus. http://www.kakteensammlung-holzheu.de/en/copiapoa_fiedleriana.html Flower Beauty In Nature Flower Head Close-up Nature Yellow Copiapoa EyeEm Nature Lover
Non-breeding adults are duller, lack crests, have a neck stripe obscured by dark feathers, yellowish facial skin, and paler underparts. Immatures are paler and browner, and lack distinct head or neck markings. In flight, spotted shags appear slender and pale with a darker rump and tail. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/spotted-shag Bird Nature Water Bird Cormorant  Close-up Beauty In Nature Shag Spotted EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
The little penguin is the smallest penguin. They are medium blue to dark indigo-blue dorsally, sometimes with a greenish cast, and have white underparts. Dark slate-blue on the face extends to just below the eye. Birds from Banks Peninsula and North Canterbury are the palest dorsally, have wider white margins on the front and back edges of the dorsal surface of their flippers, and may have more white on their face and rump. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/little-penguin Rock Nature Bird Side View Penguin Little Blue EyeEm Nature Lover
This large, mainly black shag is often seen individually or in small groups roosting on rocky headlands, in trees or on artificial structures. It usually forages alone. Even though readily seen about harbours and estuaries associated with cities or towns, black shags are wary of close approach by people, probably as a result of persecution by fishers and waterfowl hunters. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/black-shag Bird Rock Nature Sea Cormorant  Spread Wings Blackandwhite Shag EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover
The familiar large gull throughout New Zealand. Adults have white head and underparts with black back, yellow bill with red spot near tip of lower mandible, and pale green legs. Juveniles are dark mottled brown with black bill and legs; their plumage lightens with age until they moult into adult plumage at 3 years old. http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/southern-black-backed-gull Bird Perching Rock Nature Sea Seagull Marine Juvenile Bird Black-backed Gull EyeEm Nature Lover
The black-billed gull has the undesirable status of being the most threatened gull species in the world. Though still relatively abundant, numbers of birds throughout the South Island have rapidly declined. Nevertheless, colonies can still number in the thousands. The black-billed gull is found only in New Zealand, unlike our two other common gull species. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/black-billed-gull Bird Nature Seagull Close-up Black-billed Gul Woodhaugh Dunedin New Zealand EyeEm Nature Lover
The black-and-white Australian magpie is a common and conspicuous inhabitant of open country throughout much of New Zealand. It was introduced from Australia and Tasmania by Acclimatisation Societies between 1864 and 1874, mainly to control insect pests. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/australian-magpie Bird Grass Side View Nature Black Color Magpie Waikouaiti EyeEm Nature Lover New Zealand EyeEm
The paradise shelduck is a conspicuous and colourful species with contrasting male and female plumages. Between a large duck and a small goose in size, the male is uniformly dark grey or black while the female body is a dark or light chestnut (depending on age and state of moult). The male’s head is black with occasional green iridescence and the female’s head and upper neck is white. Both sexes have a chestnut undertail, black primary wing feathers, green secondary wing feathers and a conspicuously white upper wing surface. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/paradise-shelduck Spread Wings Bird Flapping Duck Shelf Nature Paradise Duck Waikouaiti New Zealand EyeEm Nature Lover
Grey ducks are uniformly darkish brown with most feathers edged with a paler buff. The crown is almost black, and the face a clean cream crossed with two sharply-defined black stripes, one extending from the bill through the eye to link to the dark crown, the other from the gape and extending across the lower face and beyond the eye. The bill is leaden grey with a black nail, legs khaki, and the eye dark brown. The upper wing is brown, with the speculum (on the trailing edge of the inner wing) an iridescent green with a trailing narrow white band (and no anterior band). The underwing is white. The sexes are alike, but males are 5-10% larger than females. http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/grey-duck Bird Nature Duck Side View Water Bird Grey Duck Hawksbury Lagoon Waikouaiti EyeEm EyeEm Nature Lover