I was in a bit of a grump on Saturday so I lit out for the
territory Karori sanctuary to take photos of birds. I managed to catch decent shots of two birds that are notoriously hard to photograph due to their constant flitting about.
|Popokatea / Whitehead|
|Riroriro / Grey Warbler|
As for the popokatea, there were about a dozen in the bushes around me at one point, behaving much as a [insert appropriate collective noun] of silvereyes might.
It was almost as if the birds wanted to cheer me up.
|Karuhiruhi / Pied shag|
NB: NZbirds has an extensive list of collective nouns for birds but nothing for the Silvereye.
Does anyone remember Bucky O'Hare?
Sometimes the phrase 'righteous indignation' pops into my head. It's a nice sesquipedalian phrase. And when this phrase rattles through the deserted chambers of my mind, I don't think of justified outrage, I think of a spaceship in an anthropomorphic cartoon from the 1990's. I'd forgotten everything about the show except the name of the ship and that it featured a rabbit (or hare).
But who needs memory when you've got the internet?
The show was called 'Bucky O'Hare and the Toad Menace'. Here's the intro courtesy of YouTube.
The theme tune features the lyrics:
"If your Righteous Indignation has suffered a hit
And your photon accelerator is broken a bit
And you're losing your mind and you're havin' a fit
Get the funky fresh rabbit who can take care of it!"
Gold. Pure, nineties Gold.
Possible collective nouns for silvereyes
A cache of silvereyes
A flirt of silvereyes (suggested by Claire Browning)
A flit of silvereyes
A galore of silvereyes
A gust of silvereyes (it is thought that the NZ population was established when a migrating flock in Australia was caught in a storm and blown here c.1856)
A lode of silvereyes
A lustre of silvereyes
A mint of silvereyes
A party of strangers (the Maori name, Tauhou, means 'stranger')
A profit of silvereyes
A purse of silvereyes
A scratch of silvereyes
A suite of silvereyes
A treasure of silvereyes
A treasury of silvereyes
A trove of silvereyes
A vault of silvereyes
A vein of silvereyes
A wealth of silvereyes