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Slime mould., Bernard Spragg Photo

Slime mould., Bernard Spragg Photo

Members of this class are commonly referred to as slime moulds. These have thought to belong to both animal and fungi kingdoms at one time or another. It's now known that they are quite unrelated to animals and... More

Cladonia asahinae (commonly known as the pixie cup lichen)

Cladonia asahinae (commonly known as the pixie cup lichen)

A club lichen, this species is typically found on acidic soil on rotting wood, moss or humus that covers tree bases. Its definitive feature is that it terminates in a flaring cup that when touched will release ... More

Crepidotus versutus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Crepidotus versutus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Crepidotus versutus, commonly known as the evasive agaric, is a species of fungi in the family Crepidotaceae. It is saprobic on wood, like other Crepidotus species, but it can also decompose herbaceous forest l... More

Green Sea Turtle, Bernard Spragg Photo

Green Sea Turtle, Bernard Spragg Photo

The green turtle is a large, weighty sea turtle with a wide, smooth carapace, or shell. It inhabits tropical and subtropical coastal waters around the world and has been observed clambering onto land to sunbath... More

Coprinellus disseminatus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Coprinellus disseminatus, Bernard Spragg Photo

The Fairy Inkcap, Coprinellus disseminatus, rarely ventures forth alone or even with just a few friends; more often it forms dense masses swarming over rotting tree stumps and roots...These gregarious little fu... More

Silver eyes. (Wax eye). Bernard Spragg photography

Silver eyes. (Wax eye). Bernard Spragg photography

The silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) – also known as the wax-eye, or sometimes white eye – is a small olive green forest bird with white rings around its eyes...These friendly birds were self introduced in the 1... More

Sumatran Tiger., Bernard Spragg Photo

Sumatran Tiger., Bernard Spragg Photo

Sumatran tigers are the smallest surviving tiger subspecies and are distinguished by heavy black stripes on their orange coats. They are protected by law in Indonesia, with tough provisions for jail time and st... More

Dermocybe canaria.(Canary Webcap)

Dermocybe canaria.(Canary Webcap)

Dermocybe canaria, "Canary Webcap"is a rare, brightly coloured species found in SE Australia and NZ, mycorrhizal with eucalypts. Cap and stem are bright yellow, cap to 80 mm, convex, umbonate, Stem often has a ... More

Violet pouch, Bernard Spragg Photo

Violet pouch, Bernard Spragg Photo

The violet pouch fungus (Thaxterogaster porphyreum) is a truffle-like fungus found in the leaf litter of beech forests. Its spore-producing tissue is enclosed within its purple cap. Spores are released when the... More

Southern New Zealand  fur seal.

Southern New Zealand fur seal.

(Arctocephalus forsteri). the Australasian fur seal, South Australian fur seal, New Zealand fur seal, Antipodean fur seal, or long-nosed fur seal, is a species of fur seal found mainly around the South and West... More

Basket Fungi., Bernard Spragg Photo

Basket Fungi., Bernard Spragg Photo

Ileodictyon cibarium is a saprobic species of fungus in the family Phallaceae. It is endemic to New Zealand, where it commonly known as the basket fungus or the white basket fungus, alluding to the fruiting bod... More

Wax or silvereye. (Zosterops lateralis)

Wax or silvereye. (Zosterops lateralis)

The silvereye – also known as the wax-eye, or sometimes white eye – is a small and friendly olive green forest bird with white rings around its eyes..Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) were self introduced in the ... More

Fly Agaric., Bernard Spragg Photo

Fly Agaric., Bernard Spragg Photo

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of th... More

Laccaria proxima., Bernard Spragg Photo

Laccaria proxima., Bernard Spragg Photo

Laccaria is a genus around 75 species of fungus found in both temperate and tropical regions of the world

Sunset pastures., Bernard Spragg Photo

Sunset pastures., Bernard Spragg Photo

White horses are born white and stay white throughout their life. White horses may have brown, blue, or hazel eyes. "True white" horses, especially those that carry one of the dominant white (W) genes, are rare... More

Amanita muscaria.Fly agaric.., Bernard Spragg Photo

Amanita muscaria.Fly agaric.., Bernard Spragg Photo

Fly agaric toadstool.Amanita muscaria, commonly called fly agaric or less often fly mushroom, is a basidiomycete mushroom of the genus Amanita..The original white-spotted red toadstool, it is one of the most re... More

Tricholomopsis, Bernard Spragg Photo

Tricholomopsis, Bernard Spragg Photo

Tricholomopsis is a genus of fungi closely related to the large genus Tricholoma. Its best known member and type species is Tricholomopsis rutilans. The name means appearing like Tricholoma.

Zebra., Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Zebra., Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Plains zebras have a wide range in east and southern Africa. They usually live in treeless grasslands and savanna woodlands and are absent from deserts, rainforests, and wetlands. This species’ habitat is shrin... More

Tasmanian devil, Bernard Spragg Photo

Tasmanian devil, Bernard Spragg Photo

The Tasmanian devil is a carnivorous marsupial of the family Dasyuridae, now found in the wild only on the Australian island state of Tasmania.

Sulphur tuft. (Hypholoma fasciculare) Worms eye view.

Sulphur tuft. (Hypholoma fasciculare) Worms eye view.

Hypholoma fasciculare, commonly known as the sulphur tuft, sulfur tuft or clustered woodlover, is a common woodland mushroom, often in evidence when hardly any other mushrooms are to be found. This saprophagic ... More

A welcome visitor., Bernard Spragg Photo

A welcome visitor., Bernard Spragg Photo

Bees are flying insects closely related to wasps and ants, known for their role in pollination and, in the case of the best-known bee species, the European honey bee, for producing honey and beeswax. Bees are a... More

Kingfisher., Bernard Spragg Photo

Kingfisher., Bernard Spragg Photo

Kingfisher (kōtare).Our sacred kingfisher or kōtare is a cousin of the kookaburra in Australia. It’s ancestors flew here from Australia around 10,000 years ago..Don’t be fooled by the kingfisher’s name, because... More

Fly agaric., Bernard Spragg Photo

Fly agaric., Bernard Spragg Photo

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of th... More

Bracket Fungi.(Basidiomycotina), Bernard Spragg Photo

Bracket Fungi.(Basidiomycotina), Bernard Spragg Photo

Bracket fungi, or shelf fungi, are among the many groups of fungi that comprise the phylum Basidiomycota. Characteristically, they produce shelf- or bracket-shaped fruiting bodies called conks that lie in a clo... More

Galerina sp., Bernard Spragg Photo

Galerina sp., Bernard Spragg Photo

Galerina is a genus of small brown-spored saprobic mushrooms, with over 300 species found throughout the world, from the far north to remote Macquarie Island in the Southern Ocean.[2][3] Species are typically s... More

Giraffe portrait., Bernard Spragg Photo

Giraffe portrait., Bernard Spragg Photo

Orana has offered visitors the chance to hand feed our giraffe since 1982 and not surprisingly this experience continues to be ranked the number one visitor experience at our zoo. Visitors are simply in awe at ... More

Giraffe Auckland Zoo., Bernard Spragg Photo

Giraffe Auckland Zoo., Bernard Spragg Photo

The giraffe is an African even-toed ungulate mammal, the tallest living terrestrial animal and the largest ruminant. Its species name refers to its camel-like appearance and the patches of color on its fur.

White Rhinoceros, Bernard Spragg Photo

White Rhinoceros, Bernard Spragg Photo

The white rhinoceros or square-lipped rhinoceros is the largest and most numerous species of rhinoceros that exists. It has a wide mouth used for grazing and is the most social of all rhino species. Wikipedia.S... More

Boletus edulis (penny bun, cep, porcino or porcini)

Boletus edulis (penny bun, cep, porcino or porcini)

Boletus edulis (English: penny bun, cep, porcino or porcini) is a basidiomycete fungus, and the type species of the genus Boletus.The fungus grows in deciduous and coniferous forests and tree plantations, formi... More

The Kea ( Nestor notabilis). Bernard Spragg photography

The Kea ( Nestor notabilis). Bernard Spragg photography

The kea is a large species of parrot of the superfamily Strigopoidea found in forested and alpine regions of the South Island of New Zealand..Above the forest line in the Southern Alps in the South Island of Ne... More

Ileodictyon cibarium. (basket fungi).

Ileodictyon cibarium. (basket fungi).

Ileodictyon cibarium is a saprobic species of fungus in the family Phallaceae. It is native to New Zealand, where it commonly known as the basket fungus or the white basket fungus, alluding to the fruiting bodi... More

Fly Agaric. (Amanita muscaria,)

Fly Agaric. (Amanita muscaria,)

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a mushroom and psychoactive basidiomycete fungus, one of many in the genus Amanita. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regions of th... More

Hypholoma fasciculare, (Sulphur tuft,)

Hypholoma fasciculare, (Sulphur tuft,)

Hypholoma fasciculare, (Sulphur tuft,)..Hypholoma fasciculare, commonly known as the sulphur tuft, sulfur tuft or clustered woodlover, is a common woodland mushroom, often in evidence when hardly any other mush... More

King Boletes. (Boletus edulis). Bernard Spragg photography

King Boletes. (Boletus edulis). Bernard Spragg photography

The King Bolete is a very popular, delicious, meaty mushroom that grows all over the world. It has many names such as king, cep, porcini, steinpilz, penny bun and many others. It is apparently a complex of clos... More

The Australian coot.  (Fulica prisca)

The Australian coot. (Fulica prisca)

The Australian coot is a smart, dark-grey, duck-like waterbird, instantly recognisable from its bright white bill and frontal shield. Coots are related to gallinules – the branch of the rail family that include... More

Sophora. (Kowhai) NZ, Bernard Spragg Photo

Sophora. (Kowhai) NZ, Bernard Spragg Photo

Kōwhai are small, woody legume trees in the genus Sophora native to New Zealand. There are eight species, Sophora microphylla and S. tetraptera being the most recognised as large trees. Their natural habitat is... More

Pacific Golden Plover., Bernard Spragg Photo

Pacific Golden Plover., Bernard Spragg Photo

A medium-sized plover with short dark bill and long dark legs. Adults in breeding plumage have black running from the face down the throat and belly to the underparts and flanks, with the crown, nape, and upper... More

A sunlit beauty., Bernard Spragg Photo

A sunlit beauty., Bernard Spragg Photo

White horses are born white and stay white throughout their life. White horses may have brown, blue, or hazel eyes. "True white" horses, especially those that carry one of the dominant white (W) genes, are rare... More

Cortinarius porphyroideus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Cortinarius porphyroideus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Cortinarius porphyroideus, commonly known as purple pouch fungus, is a secotioid species of fungus found in Australia and in beech forests of New Zealand. It was one of six species that appeared as part of a se... More

Australian paper wasp. (Polistes humilis)

Australian paper wasp. (Polistes humilis)

The first exotic wasp recorded in New Zealand was the .Australian paper wasp in Northland in the 1880s. The .German wasp arrived with aeroplane parts shipped .from Britain after World War II, and the common was... More

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

Variable oystercatcher..The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor, torea or toreapango) is found on rocky and sandy beaches. It is rare – there were around 3,500 birds in 1994, and they are found only in ... More

Baboons, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Baboons, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Baboons are African and Arabian Old World monkeys belonging to the genus Papio, part of the subfamily Cercopithecinae. The five species are some of the largest nonhominoid members of the primate order; only the... More

Orange pore fungus (Favolaschia calocera.)

Orange pore fungus (Favolaschia calocera.)

The orange pore fungus is an introduced tropical species in the Mycenaceae family found in Madagascar, New Zealand, Italy and Australia. The fungus presents as a bright orange stalked fan, 5mm-30mm diameter, wi... More

Cairns Birdwing., Bernard Spragg Photo

Cairns Birdwing., Bernard Spragg Photo

Ornithoptera euphorion, the Cairns birdwing, is a species of birdwing butterfly endemic to north-eastern Australia, and is Australia's largest endemic butterfly species. Other common names include Cooktown bird... More

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

The New Zealand fantail occurs in two colour morphs: pied and black. The adult pied fantail has a greyish head, prominent white eyebrows, brown back and rump, cinnamon breast and belly, white and black bands ac... More

Psathyrella, Bernard Spragg Photo

Psathyrella, Bernard Spragg Photo

Psathyrella is a large genus of about 400 species, and is similar to the genera Coprinellus, Coprinopsis, Coprinus and Panaeolus, usually with a thin cap and white or yellowish white hollow stem.

Gymnopilus junonius, Bernard Spragg Photo

Gymnopilus junonius, Bernard Spragg Photo

Gymnopilus junonius is a large and colourful wood-rotting species that occurs in small groups at the bases of dead broad-leaf trees and occasionally conifers from spring through to early winter. When seen in fu... More

Coprinus comatus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Coprinus comatus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Coprinus comatus.Coprinus comatus, the shaggy ink cap, lawyer's wig, or shaggy mane, is a common fungus often seen growing on lawns, along gravel roads and waste areas

Entoloma hochstetteri (Not one of the Smurfs.)

Entoloma hochstetteri (Not one of the Smurfs.)

Entoloma hochstetteri is a species of mushroom found in New Zealand and India. The small mushroom is a distinctive all-blue colour, while the gills have a slight reddish tint from the spores. The blue coloring ... More

Crepidotus versutus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Crepidotus versutus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Crepidotus versutus, commonly known as the evasive agaric, is a species of fungi in the family Crepidotaceae. It is saprobic on wood, like other Crepidotus species, but it can also decompose herbaceous forest l... More

Madagascar Day Gecko, Bernard Spragg Photo

Madagascar Day Gecko, Bernard Spragg Photo

Madagascar day gecko is a diurnal subspecies of geckos. It lives on the eastern coast of Madagascar and typically inhabits rainforests and dwells on trees. The Madagascar day gecko feeds on insects and nectar.

Starling, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Starling, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

The common starling (Sturnus vulgaris), also known as the European starling, or in the British Isles just the starling, is a medium-sized passerine bird in the starling family, Sturnidae. It is about 20 cm (8 i... More

Hypholoma brunneum., Bernard Spragg Photo

Hypholoma brunneum., Bernard Spragg Photo

Grows on wood in small clusters during autumn - winter .Common naHypholoma brunneumme: None.Found: Native forest.Substrate: Found on wood in small groups or singly.Spore: BrownHeight: 60 mm.Width: 40 mm.Season:... More

Koala, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Koala, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

The koala is an arboreal herbivorous marsupial native to Australia. It is the only extant representative of the family Phascolarctidae, and its closest living relatives are the wombats.

Pholiota., Bernard Spragg Photo

Pholiota., Bernard Spragg Photo

Pholiota is a genus of small to medium-sized, fleshy mushrooms in the family Strophariaceae. They are saprobes that typically live on wood. The genus has a widespread distribution, especially in temperate regio... More

Blue duck/whio. (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)

Blue duck/whio. (Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos)

The blue duck/whio is only found in New Zealand. It is a nationally vulnerable species and faces a risk of becoming extinct...The blue duck is one of a handful of torrent duck species worldwide. It is a river s... More

King Bolete (Boletus edulis). Bernard Spragg photography

King Bolete (Boletus edulis). Bernard Spragg photography

This mushroom is known world-wide as one of the best edibles. It is called the cep in France, the Steinpilz in Germany, porcini in Italy, and "king bolete" in English speaking countries. It has many close relat... More

Cladonia asahinae. (pixie cup lichen)

Cladonia asahinae. (pixie cup lichen)

Cladonia asahinae (commonly known as the pixie cup lichen)..A club lichen, this species is typically found on acidic soil on rotting wood, moss or humus that covers tree bases. Its definitive feature is that it... More

Blue duck/whio. NZ. Bernard Spragg photography

Blue duck/whio. NZ. Bernard Spragg photography

The blue duck/whio is only found in New Zealand. It is a nationally vulnerable species and faces a risk of becoming extinct..The blue duck is one of a handful of torrent duck species worldwide. It is a river sp... More

Wandering Albatross, Bernard Spragg Photo

Wandering Albatross, Bernard Spragg Photo

Wandering albatrosses are among the largest birds in the New Zealand marine area, surpassed only slightly by the southern royal albatross for size. Together, these are the largest of the great albatrosses, of w... More

Entoloma hochstetteri, Bernard Spragg Photo

Entoloma hochstetteri, Bernard Spragg Photo

Entoloma hochstetteri is a species of mushroom found in New Zealand and India. The small mushroom is a distinctive all-blue colour, while the gills have a slight reddish tint from the spores.

Madagascan Day Gecko. (Phelsuma madagascariensis madagascariensis)

Madagascan Day Gecko. (Phelsuma madagascariensis madagascariensis)

These are the largest species of the genus. Adults may reach up to 10 inches (25 cm). They are bright green in color with granular red mottling along the body with distinct red spots on their dorsal sides and a... More

White fronted tern NZ. Bernard Spragg photography

White fronted tern NZ. Bernard Spragg photography

White-fronted terns..The white-fronted tern or tara (Sterna striata) is the most common tern living along New Zealand coasts, and on the Chatham and Auckland islands. They have a narrow white band between their... More

Gouldian Finch, Bernard Spragg Photo

Gouldian Finch, Bernard Spragg Photo

The Gouldian finch (Erythrura gouldiae), also known as the Lady Gouldian finch, Gould's finch or the rainbow finch, is a colourful passerine bird endemic to Australia. There is strong evidence of a continuing d... More

Fly agric.(Amanita muscaria). Bernard Spragg photography
Mycena, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Mycena, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Mycena is a large genus of small saprotrophic mushrooms that are rarely more than a few centimeters in width. They are characterized by a white spore print, a small conical or bell-shaped cap, and a thin fragile stem.

Coprinellus micaceus., Bernard Spragg Photo

Coprinellus micaceus., Bernard Spragg Photo

Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The fruit bodies of the saprobe typically grow in clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stu... More

Orange Pore Fungus (Favolaschia calocera)

Orange Pore Fungus (Favolaschia calocera)

Grows on WOOD.. .Common Name: Orange pore Fungus. .Fruit-body: This little fungus is very bright orange in colour. It is fan shaped like a ping pong bat, with a short stem (up to 20 mm long), attached to the si... More

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), Bernard Spragg Photo

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis), Bernard Spragg Photo

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) were self introduced in the 1800s and now have a wide distribution throughout New Zealand. They have made the forest their home and are now among the most common bird in suburbia... More

Physarum polycephalum. (Slime mound)

Physarum polycephalum. (Slime mound)

Physarum polycephalum, literally the "many-headed slime", is a slime mold that inhabits shady, cool, moist areas, such as decaying leaves and logs. Like slime molds in general, it is sensitive to light; in part... More

Waxeye or Silvereye.NZ, Bernard Spragg Photo

Waxeye or Silvereye.NZ, Bernard Spragg Photo

The silvereye – also known as the wax-eye, or sometimes white eye – is a small and friendly olive green forest bird with white rings around its eyes..Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) were self introduced in the ... More

Fantail NZ, Bernard Spragg Photo

Fantail NZ, Bernard Spragg Photo

Known for its friendly ‘cheet cheet’ call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland...It is easily recognized... More

Sulphur tuft. (Hypholoma fasciculare)

Sulphur tuft. (Hypholoma fasciculare)

Hypholoma fasciculare, commonly known as the sulphur tuft, sulfur tuft or clustered woodlover, is a common woodland mushroom, often in evidence when hardly any other mushrooms are to be found. This saprophagic ... More

Schizophyllum commune (Split gill)

Schizophyllum commune (Split gill)

Schizophyllum commune is a common species of fungus in the genus Schizophyllum. It was initially described as a morphological species of global distribution and then revealed to be a species complex encompassin... More

Macaque Monkey, Bernard Spragg Photo

Macaque Monkey, Bernard Spragg Photo

Macaque Monkeys..Macaques live in many different habitats across the globe, making them the most widely distributed genus of nonhuman primates. Macaques (especially Macaca mulatta and M. fascicularis) are commo... More

Kea feeding on NZ Fuchsia.. Bernard Spragg photography

Kea feeding on NZ Fuchsia.. Bernard Spragg photography

Kōtukutuku (Fuchsia excorticata) is considered to be the world’s largest fuchsia. In damp forest it can grow to 12 metres tall and form a trunk over 1 metre in diameter. It is one of New Zealand’s few truly dec... More

Fairy Inkcap, Coprinellus disseminatus,

Fairy Inkcap, Coprinellus disseminatus,

The Fairy Inkcap, Coprinellus disseminatus, rarely ventures forth alone or even with just a few friends; more often it forms dense masses swarming over rotting tree stumps and roots...These gregarious little fu... More

Leratiomyces ceres., Bernard Spragg Photo

Leratiomyces ceres., Bernard Spragg Photo

Leratiomyces ceres, commonly known as the Redlead Roundhead, is mushroom which has a bright red to orange cap and dark purple-brown spore deposit.

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)

The black-tailed prairie dog (Cynomys ludovicianus)

The black-tailed prairie dog is a member of the squirrel family and is closely related to the ground squirrel. It has yellowish to reddish brown fur on its back and sides and lighter colored fur under its neck ... More

Caterpillar of Monarch Bufferfly.

Caterpillar of Monarch Bufferfly.

All insects change in form as they grow; this process is called metamorphosis. Butterflies and moths undergo complete metamorphosis, in which there are four distinct stages: egg, larva (caterpillar), pupa (chry... More

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

The white heron or kotuku is well-loved by the New Zealand people, but it is rarely seen except by those who specifically seek it out. Its sole New Zealand breeding site near Okarito Lagoon in Westland is well-... More

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

The fantail is one of the few native bird species in New Zealand that has been able to adapt to an environment greatly altered by humans. Originally a bird of open native forests and scrub, it is now also found... More

Lycoperdon pyriforme,(Pear shaped puffball)

Lycoperdon pyriforme,(Pear shaped puffball)

Lycoperdon pyriforme, commonly known as the pear-shaped puffball or stump puffball, is a saprobic fungus present throughout much of the world.

Pholiota subflammans., Bernard Spragg Photo

Pholiota subflammans., Bernard Spragg Photo

Pholiota flammans, commonly known as the yellow pholiota, the flaming Pholiota, or the flame scalecap, is a basidiomycete agaric mushroom of the genus Pholiota. Its fruit body is golden-yellow in color througho... More

King Bolete (Boletus edulis). Bernard Spragg photography

King Bolete (Boletus edulis). Bernard Spragg photography

Boletus edulis, known as the Cep, Porcino or Penny-bun Bolete, is a most sought-after edible bolete. It is frequently found at the edges of clearings in broad-leaved and coniferous forests.

Armillaria. ?, Bernard Spragg Photo

Armillaria. ?, Bernard Spragg Photo

Honey fungus, or Armillaria is a genus of parasitic fungi that live on trees and woody shrubs. It includes about 10 species formerly lumped together as A. mellea. Armillarias are long lived and form some of the... More

Hypholoma (Genus), Bernard Spragg Photo

Hypholoma (Genus), Bernard Spragg Photo

Fungi of the genus Hypholoma are quite well known due to the commonness of sulphur tuft on stumps in temperate woodlands.

Coprinellus micaceus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Coprinellus micaceus, Bernard Spragg Photo

Coprinellus micaceus is a common species of fungus in the family Psathyrellaceae with a cosmopolitan distribution. The fruit bodies of the saprobe typically grow in clusters on or near rotting hardwood tree stu... More

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

White heron,(Egretta alba modesta)

A rare bird.Rare in New Zealand, with a population of just 100–120 birds, the elegant white heron or kōtuku (Ardea modesta) is nevertheless common in India, Japan, China and Australia, where it is known as the ... More

Wolf's milk slime.  (Lycogala epidendrum,)

Wolf's milk slime. (Lycogala epidendrum,)

Wolf's milk slime is a slime mould with a small (diameter to 1.5 cm) ball- or cushion-shaped fruiting body. It varies greatly in colour depending on age, from the greyish-pink colour of the immature specimens ... More

Panaeolus sphinctrinus., Bernard Spragg Photo

Panaeolus sphinctrinus., Bernard Spragg Photo

FAMILY: Coprinaceae.GENUS: Panaeolus.SPECIES: Sphinctrinus.COMMON NAMES: Ink Caps, Hoop-Petticoat, Petticoat Mottlegill, Warai-take (Japanese, ‘laughing mushroom’), Hsiao Ch’un (Chinese, ‘laughing mushroom’)..P... More

Slime mould., Bernard Spragg Photo

Slime mould., Bernard Spragg Photo

Are Slime Moulds really Fungi?..No, slime moulds are not fungi. They are members of the Kingdom Protozoa. They used to be included among the fungi because people found their dry fruiting structures in the woods... More

Green Sea Turtle., Bernard Spragg Photo

Green Sea Turtle., Bernard Spragg Photo

Green turtles are found throughout the world, occurring primarily in tropical, and to a lesser extent, subtropical waters. The Hawaiian green turtle is genetically distinct from the other green sea turtle popul... More

A couple of strays.. Bernard Spragg photography

A couple of strays.. Bernard Spragg photography

Stray cats can be a problem for the whole community, especially if they're not spayed or neutered.

Boletus edulis., Bernard Spragg Photo

Boletus edulis., Bernard Spragg Photo

Boletus edulis, commonly known as the porcini (as well as penny bun, porcino or cep), is a basidiomycete fungus, and the type species of the genus Boletus. Widely distributed in the Northern Hemisphere across E... More

Giraffe, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Giraffe, Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Why do so many people look up to giraffes—besides the obvious reason? The long and short of it is that they are a wonderful example of nature’s creativity. -

Tuatara., Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

Tuatara., Bernard Spragg Photo. Bernard Spragg photography

New Zealand’s endemic tuatara is a very unusual animal. They are the only living representative of a group of reptiles known as Rhynchocephalia (sometimes known in the past as Sphenodontia) that first appeared ... More

Sumatran Tiger, Bernard Spragg Photo

Sumatran Tiger, Bernard Spragg Photo

Today, the last of Indonesia’s tigers—now less than 400—are holding on for survival in the remaining patches of forests on the island of Sumatra. Accelerating deforestation and rampant poaching mean this noble ... More

Maltby Fanfare. (3), Bernard Spragg Photo

Maltby Fanfare. (3), Bernard Spragg Photo

Flowers collection Public domain scan of print / book page depicting birds, ornithology, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Bird nest fungi., Bernard Spragg Photo

Bird nest fungi., Bernard Spragg Photo

Bird's nest fungi are a small group of saprophytic fungi that have a unique way of reproducing. .As their common name suggests they look like small bird's nests complete with eggs. In fact, the nest is a splash... More

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