Dynes Fulton sent this splendid picture of a gaggle of tui helping themselves to breakfast outside his kitchen window.
The Waikato District Council deputy mayor says his wife bought the bird feeder from Tamahere Market last November and it was not long before they had visits from keen tui who had been hovering among the flax and kowhai trees.
The only birds that feed at the station are tui and wax eyes. “They drink two bottles – rather I have limited it to that – of sugar water a day. A third to half a cup of sugar per 750mm wine bottle. They are most active in the early morning and after about 4pm. In effect the first bottle is empty by about late morning and I do not put the second one out until I get home, around 4pm.”
The tui have been visiting in spring for the past seven years but in the past two years there have been several pairs living close by, he says. The property, in Tamahere, is on the edge of a large gully system and the garden itself is planted in native trees.