Readers’ wildlife photos

Kiwi reader Keith sent a batch of photos which he’ll leave to you to identify. His notes are below:

Here is a collection all taken with my cellphone, I’m going to leave them “silent”. I have no idea what some species are, while others speak for themselves.

They’re all taken around or from my home with my cellphone. Laingholm, Auckland is where i live—in New Zealand. They are spread over time: the large moth on my hand has been passed down through a few phones…

Put your identifications in the comments.

And another NZ photo taken by reader Gary Radice:

This is from a recent trip to New Zealand. We got all excited when we saw this tame little fellow (gal?) in our camp site, thinking it was a kiwi. We were only a little disappointed to find out it was a weka [Gallirallus australis]. But since we had never heard of wekas, that turned out be fun, too.



  1. ThyroidPlanet
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 7:37 am | Permalink

    Interesting set!

  2. Christopher
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 7:56 am | Permalink

    Can’t ID any of them but the moth’e eye spots make it look sad, and I’ve never heard of a Weka either, but what a beauty.

  3. Nicolaas Stempels
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 7:57 am | Permalink

    I gather the Weka is a flightless rail (about which there was some doing on this site not too long ago) and not a ratite, like the Kiwi.
    The Weka’s ancestors flew to NZ, the Kiwi’s walked (unless I’m mistaken).

  4. mallardbrad
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 8:12 am | Permalink

    Terrific photographs. Imagine what this Kiwi person could do with a really good camera!

    • Posted May 26, 2019 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

      Thanks for the thumbs up… most are taken this way as a reference to what flora and fauna are on my small bush proberty. There are always things of interest going on and the phone is a handy convenience.

  5. rickflick
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 9:17 am | Permalink

    Nice group of pics. That moth with blue eye spots is stunning.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 1:46 pm | Permalink

    Lots of eye candy in NZ. Thanks for sharing. I think the lizard is some sort of skink.🦎

  7. Posted May 26, 2019 at 3:58 pm | Permalink

    The moth is Dasypodia selenophora – southern old lady.

    • rickflick
      Posted May 26, 2019 at 5:25 pm | Permalink

      Southern old lady: gray hair and blue, blue eyes!

  8. Posted May 26, 2019 at 4:30 pm | Permalink

    I think it is a copper skink (cyclodina aenea)found only on the North Is.

  9. Denise Payne
    Posted May 26, 2019 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    Beware – wekas are thieves, like magpies!

  10. gravelinspector-Aidan
    Posted May 27, 2019 at 1:28 pm | Permalink

    First looks like a spider’s egg case (do other arachnids or insects have similar habits? Probably.)
    The moth makes me look over my shoulder for Hannibal Lecter.

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