Wildlife at Halswell Quarry Park

A wide variety of wildlife co-exists at Halswell Quarry Park, a  60  hectare  passive recreation area in the city of Christchurch.  It has been encouraged by the native and other plantings within the park, and by  the wetlands, which cover the low lying area.  Some  of this wildlife only resides in the park  temporarily (e.g. the geese and paradise ducks), and some may be seen as pests, but they create a diversity for the many visitors who walk the tracks within the park.  These photos were taken over a two year period during the many hours I spend walking there. (Click once on any photo to enlarge.)

Canada Geese

Canada Geese

 

Paradise Shelduck

Paradise Shelducks

 

Mallard Duck

Mallard Duck

 

Pukeko in the wetlands

Pukeko in the wetlands

 

Pukeko

Pukeko

 

Hedgehog

Hedgehog

 

Silvereye on cherry blossom

Silvereye on cherry blossom

 

Silvereye on Flax flower

Silvereye on flax flower

 

Bellbird

Bellbird on flax flower

 

Song Thrush

Song Thrush

 

Yellow Hammer

Yellowhammer

 

Goldfinch

Goldfinch

 

Fantail

Fantail

 

Magpie

Magpie

 

Bee on lavender

Bumblebee on lavender

 

Damselfly

Damselfly

 

Red Admiral Butterfly

Yellow Admiral Butterfly

 

Cabbage White Butterfly

Cabbage White Butterfly

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