Okay,I admit it; I like cute birds. Lots of times when I'm on guided hikes and everyone stops to stare breathlessly for what seems like hours at some plain old bird sitting on a branch or another bird that's dawdling across the track, I do tend to get bored after, well, 10 seconds.
But give me a cutie-pie chick or duckling and I'm all agog and can watch for hours.
J, my swimming pal, told me that she always keeps a camera on her car, so I thought "Why not? I have an old digital camera.".
In February on my way to Whakatane, I found parent swans with their babes (cignets?) on the shores of Lake Rotoiti. The mama and papa were a bit scary ("Get away from me! Get away!") but, oh goodness, I wanted to scoop the babies up and cuddle them to my ample bosom.