devongarden (devongarden) wrote,

Hong Kong was hot and humid. Very high rise, very crowded. Visited the Temple Street Market (reminded me of SF Chinatown) and the Jade Market. Stall holders kept pushing us to buy so it was hard to enjoy just browsing. Visited Kowloon Park and the waterfront Avenue of the Stars. Everything was interesting, food was good, it was too hot!

New Zealand much more relaxing. The first night, in Omapere, we had a cottage. We just wanted B&B and had booked that  but the owners had to be away so they left us breakfast things in their holiday let cottage. We saw one of the huge old kauri trees in the kauri forest, the Tasman Sea, lots of interesting birds and flowering trees, tree ferns... The bird field guide we brought has been very useful and we got a small book of native trees and ferns to help with those.

Last night we were in Taihururu, near Whangarei. We saw mangrove swamps, and birds included tui and shining cuckoo, and we heard a morepork. (The total of bird species is 37 in two and a half days, I think.) Trees and shrubs include manuka and maire, and pohutukawa in flower.

Sorry no links or picture, but jet lag has kicked in again and I can't manage the thinking necessary.
Tags: birds, travel, trees
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