General birdwatching discussion, help with bird identification, and all other things relating to wild birds and birding in NZ that don't fit in one of the other forums.
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On TV One's Seven Sharp show tonight, presenter Jeremy Wells stated adamantly that "you never see tui on the ground". He went on to say that tui never going down on the ground is one of the reasons behind their resurgence as a species. Although I've only seen it a couple of times, I have seen tui feeding on the ground. Once was in a garden where there was a multiple flower pot arrangement on the ground, in a matrix pattern, the pots being about 200 millimeters apart. I watched a tui walking around between the pots picking off spiders and insects and eating them. The other time was in a garden in Waikanae where I watched a young tui walking around a bottlebrush tree, accessing the nectar in the blossoms from ground level. The garden owner told me the tui did that every morning just after sunrise, when the blossoms were full of moisture. The interesting thing was that the tui both walked step by step (like a blackbird) and also hopped and jumped from one position to the next. Anybody else noticed tui feeding on the ground?
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See it happen now and then in my Waikanae garden. No big deal.
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We have the same in Lower Hutt, either when the Rata creeper flowers or picking stuff (we assume small stones) from the vege garden. Happens regularly.