With very few (if any?) local plants or trees producing nectar or berries at this time of year, I was amazed to find that one couple has kindly answered the call of the wild. Ruby & Colin Clark of Main Street (and some of their immediate neighbours) supply jars full of sugar water to the local birds. They say they often see several bellbirds, a swarm of waxeyes and up to six tui hanging around waiting for their turn to drink the sweet waters. To try this yourself, use 1 cup of sugar and 1 litre of water; stir until dissolved. Keep the container out of reach of cats or dogs. [Thanks to the Clarks for permission to photograph and publish on this blog.]
Top - Bellbird (Anthornis melanura) and two waxeyes (Zosterops lateralis).
Middle - a tui or parson bird (Prosthemadera noaeseelandiae).