Check out this cute little guy. Fantastic to see so many skinks on Matiu/Somes Island. I haven't seen any since I was a kid. I'm afraid I have no idea what sort of skink this is, I think common skink? Suggestions from those in the know much appreciated - I'm going cross-eyed trying to work it out on the internet.
They are so metallic and shiny that both my husband and I thought this was a railway spike holding up the wood on the edge of the step, then Chris said "wait, that spike has little hands."
As the Government moves to double employees' sick leave entitlements, a man is calling for a law change to go even further – and allow workers to take a paid day off on their birthday.
When Clifford Hallett blows out the candles on his cake in a couple of weeks, he'll likely wish for an extra leave day to celebrate.
Hallett has launched a petition to Parliament requesting it pass legislation to give all employees that right.
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Welcome swallows/warou (Hirundo neoxena) are New Zealand's newest native bird - having arrived here from Australia under their own steam in enough numbers to breed sometime in the 1950s (although there are records of them here as far back as the 1920s). They can be found in many places throughout the Hutt around coastal areas and along our waterways. You can see them hawking for insects over the Hutt River in the early evening between the Ava Railbridge and the Ewen Bridge. They are brilliant architects, building adobe-style pudding-bowl-sized nests often on the sheltered and shaded sides of human buildings. Talk about adaptation. I watched a pair patiently scooping up beakfuls of mud, disappearing, and returning moments later for another beakful. It must take them hundreds of beakfuls of mud to get the nest finished – which is lined with comfy grass and feathers once the mud shell is complete. I've yet to get a good photo of a swallow in flight, but here are two briefly standing still. The second shows one of a pair scooping mud for a nest a few weeks ago.
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