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Geastrum saccatum. (earth star)

Geastrum saccatum. (earth star)

Geastrum saccatum, commonly known as the rounded earthstar, is a species of mushroom belonging to the Geastrum genus. It has a worldwide distribution and is found growing on rotting wood..Geastrum saccatum is a... 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

Fly agaric.

Fly agaric.

Amanita muscaria, commonly known as the fly agaric or fly amanita, is a basidiomycete mushroom, one of many in the genus Amanita. It is also a muscimol mushroom. Native throughout the temperate and boreal regio... 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

Laughing Jim (Gymnopilus junonius)

Laughing Jim (Gymnopilus junonius)

Gymnopilus junonius is a species of mushroom in the family Cortinariaceae. Commonly known as Laughing Gym, Laughing Cap, Laughing Jim, or the Spectacular Rustgill, this large orange mushroom is typically found ... more

Psathyrella

Psathyrella

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.

New Zealand fantail.  (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

New Zealand fantail. (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

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 habi... more

The Kea ( Nestor notabilis)

The Kea ( Nestor notabilis)

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

Pied stilt. (himantopus.)

Pied stilt. (himantopus.)

The pied stilt is a dainty wading bird with, as its name suggests, black-and-white coloration and very long legs. It is common at wetlands and coastal areas throughout New Zealand and may be seen feeding alongs... 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.

Pholiota subflammans.

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

Pleurotus ostreatus,

Pleurotus ostreatus,

Pleurotus ostreatus is easily recognized by the way it grows on wood in shelf-like clusters; its relatively large size; its whitish gills that run down a stubby, nearly-absent stem; and its whitish to lilac spore print.

Pholiota.

Pholiota.

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

Alpine jelly cone. ( Guepiniopsis alpina )

Alpine jelly cone. ( Guepiniopsis alpina )

Guepiniopsis alpina, commonly known as the jelly cup, alpine jelly cone, or poor man's gumdrop, is a species of fungus in the family Dacrymycetaceae. The small, gelatinous Fruit bodies are orange and cone or cup shaped.

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

Atlas moth.(Attacus atlas)

Atlas moth.(Attacus atlas)

Common across the Malay archipelago, these bird-sized insects are considered the largest moths in the world. They are so big that their cocoons are occasionally used as purses in Taiwan...The total area of thei... more

NZ  South Island robin (Petroica australis)

NZ South Island robin (Petroica australis)

The South Island robin is a familiar bird to those who venture into the South Island back-country. It occurs in forest and scrub habitats, where it spends much time foraging on the ground, and can be recognised... more

Spur winged plover.  (Vanellus miles),

Spur winged plover. (Vanellus miles),

The masked lapwing (Vanellus miles), also known as the masked plover and often called the spur-winged plover or just plover in its native range, is a large, common and conspicuous bird native to Australia, part... more

Paradise shelduck. (Tadorna variegata)

Paradise shelduck. (Tadorna variegata)

Female has white head..The paradise shelduck is a large goose-like duck endemic to New Zealand. It is a shelduck, a group of large goose-like birds which are part of the bird family Anatidae. The genus name Tad... more

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Silvereyes .. 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 too. .The silvere... more

Pied Stilt.(Himantopus himantopus)

Pied Stilt.(Himantopus himantopus)

The pied stilt is a dainty wading bird with, as its name suggests, black-and-white coloration and very long legs. It is common at wetlands and coastal areas throughout New Zealand and may be seen feeding alongs... more

Bird nest fungi.

Bird nest fungi.

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

Pied Shag. NZ. (Phalacrocorax varius,)

Pied Shag. NZ. (Phalacrocorax varius,)

The pied shag is found exclusively in Australia and New Zealand, wintering along the whole coast and inland in both countries.Shags are swift underwater swimmers, with a sharp hooked beak to help them catch fis... more

Monarch butterflies.

Monarch butterflies.

Butterflies, bees and other insects are small and fragile but they've evolved many strategies for coping with cold weather. Winter is relatively mild in New Zealand, so some insects are active all year round wh... more

Paper Kite.(Idea leuconoe)

Paper Kite.(Idea leuconoe)

Commonly known as the Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight inters... more

Idea leuconoe -(Paper Kite)

Idea leuconoe -(Paper Kite)

Commonly known as the Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight inters... 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

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

Spotted shag. (Stictocarbo punctatus)

Spotted shag. (Stictocarbo punctatus)

The spotted shag/parekareka is a medium-sized, grey-blue marine shag with a long, slender bill and yellow-orange feet. Adult breeding birds have small black spots on their back and wings...Spotted shags/parekar... more

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)

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

Crepidotus versutus. ( evasive agaric)

Crepidotus versutus. ( evasive agaric)

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

Blue duck/whio. NZ

Blue duck/whio. NZ

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

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

Amanita muscaria.

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.

The white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)

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 h... more

Stinkhorn Fungus.

Stinkhorn Fungus.

The fruiting body of a stinkhorn fungus emerges from the ground as an egg-like structure. It then splits open, revealing a stalk with a number of coloured arms. This species, Anthurus archeri, is growing in a c... more

PUKEKO     (Porphyrio porphyrio).

PUKEKO (Porphyrio porphyrio).

Also known as the swamp hen, this is the most commonly encountered of the five living species of the rail family native to New Zealand, the others being the closely related takahe or Notornis, weka, banded rail... more

Black back gulls.(Larus dominicanus)

Black back gulls.(Larus dominicanus)

Black-backed gulls. ..Black-backed gulls or karoro (Larus dominicanus) can be found in the southern hemisphere from Antarctica to the subtropics. Elsewhere they are known as Dominican or kelp gulls. The subspec... more

Spotted Shag. NZ (Phalacrocorax punctatus).

Spotted Shag. NZ (Phalacrocorax punctatus).

The spotted shag or parekareka (Phalacrocorax punctatus) is a species of cormorant endemic to New Zealand. Originally classified as Phalacrocorax punctatus, it is sufficiently different in appearance from typic... more

Yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)

Yellow-eyed penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)

It is found only in New Zealand. They are found mostly on the southeast coast of the South Island, Stewart Island and on the subantarctic Campbell and Auckland Islands. Their numbers on the mainland have declin... more

Hypholoma brunneum.

Hypholoma brunneum.

Hypholoma brunneum is a wood-rotting fungus grows on decaying wood usually in dense clumps, possibly only in Australia-NZ. It has a brown to dark brown cap, to 60 mm, with whitish scales towards the margin. The... more

White heron,( Egretta alba modesta),NZ.

White heron,( Egretta alba modesta),NZ.

A large white heron with a long yellow bill, long dark legs and a very long neck. When breeding, the bill becomes grey-black and long filamentous plumes develop, mainly on the back. In flight, the white heron t... more

Starling (Sternus vulgaris)

Starling (Sternus vulgaris)

The Starling was introduced to New Zealand between the 1860’s and 80’s. It was brought in for practical reasons rather than sentimental reasons, as it was judged to be a bird well-suited to a drastically change... more

Canada geese (Branta canadensis) NZ

Canada geese (Branta canadensis) NZ

Canada geese (Branta canadensis) are a problematic introduced bird in New Zealand because of the damage caused to pastures and crops...History.Canada geese were introduced as a game bird into New Zealand in 190... 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

White faced heron. (Egretta novaehollandiae)

White faced heron. (Egretta novaehollandiae)

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 h... more

Hypholoma brunneum.

Hypholoma brunneum.

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

White faced Heron.(Egretta novaehollandiae)

White faced Heron.(Egretta novaehollandiae)

The white-faced heron (Egretta novaehollandiae) also known as the white-fronted heron,[2] and incorrectly as the grey heron,[3] or blue crane,[2] is a common bird throughout most of Australasia, including New G... more

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

Variable oystercatcher. (Haematopus unicolor)

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 New Zealand...Also known... more

Panaeolus sphinctrinus

Panaeolus sphinctrinus

Edibility: Inedible.fungus colour: Grey to beige.normal size: Less than 5cm.cap type: Conical or nearly so.stem type: Stem much longer than cap diameter.spore colour: Purplish to black.habitat: Found in fields,... more

Honey Mushroom (Armillaria novae-zelandiae)

Honey Mushroom (Armillaria novae-zelandiae)

Has a cap which is slimy when fresh. .Common name: Honey Mushroom.Found: Native and introduced hardwoods and softwoods.Substrate: Wood.Spore: WhiteHeight: 100 mm.Width: 60 mm.Season: Autumn.Edible: Unknown

Panaeolus sphinctrinus.

Panaeolus sphinctrinus.

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

Gymnopilus junonius

Gymnopilus junonius

Gymnopilus junonius is a species of mushroom in the family Cortinariaceae. Commonly known as Laughing Gym, Laughing Cap, Laughing Jim, or the Spectacular Rustgill, this large orange mushroom is typically found ... more

Yellow-eyed penguin.

Yellow-eyed penguin.

Unique to New Zealand, the hoiho, or yellow-eyed penguin, is thought to be one of the world's rarest penguin species...Yellow-eyed penguins/hoiho are found along the south-east South Island and on Banks Peninsu... more

Sulphur tufts (hypholema fasciculare)

Sulphur tufts (hypholema fasciculare)

This fungus is poisonous..Sulphur Tuft is a pale to bright sulphur yellow mushroom with a orange to brown coloured tip growing in groups or "tufts" on rotting wood in forests and woodlands to a height of about ... more

Redlead Roundheads (Stropharia aurantiaca)

Redlead Roundheads (Stropharia aurantiaca)

Leratiomyces ceres, commonly known as the Redlead Roundhead, is mushroom which has a bright red to orange cap and dark purple-brown spore deposit. It is usually found growing gregariously on wood chips and is o... more

The New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

The New Zealand fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)

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 habi... more

Panaeolus sphinctrinus.

Panaeolus sphinctrinus.

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

Gyromitra tasmanica False morel.

Gyromitra tasmanica False morel.

The false morels. These large operculate discomycetes have lobed and distorted, sometimes saddle-shaped caps and well-defined stalks..There are at least two species in New Zealand, the indigenous G. tasmanica a... more

White Heron NZ.( Egretta alba modesta)

White Heron NZ.( Egretta alba modesta)

The white heron or great egret is a cosmopolitan bird and is found worldwide in tropical and temperate regions. Of the four or more subspecies, the range of the largest, Egretta alba modesta, is India, China, J... more

Hypholoma brunneum.

Hypholoma brunneum.

Hypholoma brunneum (Strophariaceae) is a species known from Australia, Tasmania, New Zealand, and Argentina, which grows on wood in small clusters.

Kotuku, White heron, Egretta alba modesta,

Kotuku, White heron, Egretta alba modesta,

A large white heron with a long yellow bill, long dark legs and a very long neck. When breeding, the bill becomes grey-black and long filamentous plumes develop, mainly on the back. In flight, the white heron t... more

Redlead Roundhead

Redlead Roundhead

Leratiomyces ceres,commonly known as the Redlead Roundhead, is mushroom which has a bright red to orange cap and dark purple-brown spore deposit. It is usually found growing gregariously on wood chips and is on... more

Entoloma haastii.

Entoloma haastii.

Entoloma haastii. is a mushroom in the Entolomataceae family. Described as new to science in 1964, it is known only from New Zealand, where it grows on the ground in leaf litter, usually near Nothofagus species.

Hypholoma brunneum.

Hypholoma brunneum.

Grows on wood in small clusters during autumn - winter.Common name: None.Found: Native forest.Substrate: Found on wood in small groups or singly.Spore: BrownHeight: 60 mm.Width: 40 mm.Season: Early autumn to wi... more

Stinkhorns: The Phallaceae and Clathraceae

Stinkhorns: The Phallaceae and Clathraceae

Stinkhorns: The Phallaceae and Clathraceae ...Stinkhorns are amazing mushrooms, notorious for popping up suddenly and unexpectedly in urban settings. They are very diverse in appearance, but all of them share ... more

Female Shelduck. New Zealand.

Female Shelduck. New Zealand.

The paradise shelduck is New Zealand’s only shelduck, a worldwide group of large, often semi-terrestrial waterfowl that have goose-like features...Unusually for ducks, the female paradise shelduck is more eye-c... more

Gyromitra tasmanica False morel.

Gyromitra tasmanica False morel.

Common name: False morel.Found: Nothofagus & Pine forest.Substrate: Ground.Spore: ?Height: 80 mm.Width: 30 mm.Season: Spring.Edible: No

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

Shaggy parasol.

Shaggy parasol.

The shaggy parasol is a large and conspicuous agaric, with thick brown scales and protuberances on its fleshy white cap. The gills and spore print are both white in colour. Its stipe is slender, but bulbous at ... more

Gymnopilus junonius,

Gymnopilus junonius,

This impressive mushroom is found growing in dense clusters on stumps and logs of both hardwoods and conifers--and a number of associated species names are found growing in a dense cluster, as well. These speci... more

Basket Fungi. (Ileodictyon cibarium)

Basket Fungi. (Ileodictyon cibarium)

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 fruit bodies... more

Gymnopilus junonius

Gymnopilus junonius

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

Wandering Albatross

Wandering Albatross

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

Kereru. NZ Wood Pigeon.

Kereru. NZ Wood Pigeon.

The kererū is a large bird with irridescent green and bronze feathers on its head and a smart white vest. The noisy beat of its wings is a distinctive sound in our forests...New Zealand status: Endemic.Conserva... 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

Pied Shag NZ. (Phalacrocorax varius)

Pied Shag NZ. (Phalacrocorax varius)

This large black-and-white shag is often seen individually or in small groups roosting on rocky headlands, trees or artificial structures. In regions where it occurs it can usually be readily seen about harbour... more

Basket Fungi.

Basket Fungi.

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

New Zealand scaup

New Zealand scaup

New Zealand scaup are quite unlike any other resident duck species. Dark and squat with a rounded profile, they often occur in large flocks, floating with cork-like buoyancy. Scaup are diving ducks and spend a ... more

Scarlet Swallowtail.

Scarlet Swallowtail.

Swallowtail butterflies are large, colorful butterflies in the family Papilionidae, and include over 550 species.Though the majority are tropical, members of the family inhabit every continent except Antarctica... 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

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia, mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings f... more

The Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane)

The Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane)

The Leopard Lacewing (Cethosia cyane) is a species of heliconiine butterfly found from India to southern China (southern Yunnan), and Indochina. Its range has expanded in the last few decades, and its arrival i... more

The Australasian crested grebe.

The Australasian crested grebe.

The Australasian crested grebe is majestic and distinctive diving bird that is usually seen on the southern lakes of New Zealand where it breeds. It has a slender neck, sharp black bill and head with a distinct... more

Tailed Jay.(Graphium agamemnon)

Tailed Jay.(Graphium agamemnon)

The tailed jay (Graphium agamemnon) is a predominantly green and black tropical butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family. The butterfly is also called green-spotted triangle, tailed green jay, or the gr... more

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia)

The Clipper (Parthenos sylvia) is a species of nymphalid butterfly found in South and South-East Asia, mostly in forested areas. The Clipper is a fast flying butterfly and has a habit of flying with its wings f... more

A welcome visitor.

A welcome visitor.

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

Idea leuconoe - Paper Kite.

Idea leuconoe - Paper Kite.

Commonly known as the Paper Kite, Idea leuconoe are native to densely forested regions in South China, South Japan, Malaya, Java, Borneo, and the Philippines. These butterflies have weak, fluttery flight inters... more

Parekareka, the spotted shag. NZ

Parekareka, the spotted shag. NZ

Compared with typical cormorants, the spotted shag is a light-coloured bird. Its back is brown. Its belly is pale blue-grey (often appearing white), and the white continues up the sides of the neck and face, bu... more

Silvereyes.NZ

Silvereyes.NZ

The silvereye or wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a very small omnivorous passerine bird of the south-west pacific. In Australia and New Zealand its common name is sometimes shortened to white-eye, but this nam... more

Gymnopilus junonius.

Gymnopilus junonius.

Gymnopilus junonius is a species of mushroom in the family Cortinariaceae. Commonly known as laughing gym, laughing Jim, or the spectacular rustgill, this large orange mushroom is typically found growing on tre... more

Fly Agaric.

Fly Agaric.

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

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly.

Cairns Birdwing Butterfly.

The largest endemic butterfly in Australia, the Cairns Birdwing Butterfly has a wingspan of up to 18cm. Besides its proportional, pterodactyl-like reach, other conspicuous traits include its vivid colouration, ... more

Oudemansiella Australis

Oudemansiella Australis

Oudemansiella australis is a species of gilled mushroom in the Physalacriaceae family. It is found in Australasia, where it grows on rotting wood.

Pied stilts. NZ

Pied stilts. NZ

The pied stilt is a dainty wading bird with, as its name suggests, black-and white-colouration and very long legs. It is common at wetlands and coastal areas throughout New Zealand and may be seen feeding along... more

New Zealand bush robin.

New Zealand bush robin.

The New Zealand robin or toutouwai (Māori), (Petroica australis), is a sparrow-sized bird found only in New Zealand, where it has the status of a protected endemic species. The birds are sparsely distributed th... more

New Zealand Dotterel.

New Zealand Dotterel.

The New Zealand dotterel is a familiar bird of sandy east coast beaches in the northern North Island, but is sparsely distributed around much of the rest of the country. There are two widely separated subspecie... more

Kingfisher.

Kingfisher.

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

New Zealand Dotterel.

New Zealand Dotterel.

The New Zealand dotterel is a familiar bird of sandy east coast beaches in the northern North Island, but is sparsely distributed around much of the rest of the country. There are two widely separated subspecie... more

Waxeyes at the feeder.

Waxeyes at the feeder.

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.