We're also, as the Tui flies, really quite close to the Orokonui bird sanctuary, I should admit first of all, that it's been a while since I've been for a visit, must go again, but we don't have to visit to get the benefit. More and more often we're getting lots of interesting a different birds here, that have made there way over from Orokonui, or have been attracted to the area because of it. Yesterday afternoon, hanging the washing out, I just stood and listened to the beautiful bird song that surrounded us.
Standing out more than anything (maybe because it's one of the few I can actually identify) was a Tui. I tried very hard to spot him (or her) but no luck this time.
|Tree where I think the Tui was hiding.|
Of course it's all a million miles away from what I grew up with. I was lucky, I grew up in the British countryside, so bird song was still around, just different birdsong. More than anything the sound of wood pigeons puts me right back into a summery Derbyshire afternoon. It's one of the few sound effects that British TV gets right, countryside = wood pigeons, unlike their portrayal of countryside at night which always has a rather spooky sounding fox, hearing that, around "our way" at least was unusual.
It's important to value this natural soundtrack though, wherever you live. I remember on the day I got married, the driver of my wedding car, commenting on the birdsong. I hadn't really thought about it then, it was just background noise, but to him it stood out, living in a newish estate, they didn't get the birds. So next time you're outside, stand still for a second, be quiet and just listen. Who needs any other music?