Easter is off

Easter is off, snotted this rabbit off the back of the truck.

I spent the afternoon shooting starlings and waxeyes out of a vineyard. Waxeyes are bloody hard to shoot they way they duck and dive. Starlings are cunning…got to be more sneaky tomorrow.


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  • Brian Smaller

    Ha – beat you there Whale. I got two rabbits yesterday with my car. 

  • Nice shot.
    Hmm Waxeyes, one mans pest is another mans ally. Waxeyes here are encouraged as they keep Whitefly down, either that or its the insecticides again.

    •  Beat me easily when I look at when you posted this – hey it’s Easter Christian imposed break from the office whose complaining. Known as wax-eye, white-eye or silver eye (Maori name tauhou) definitely a better choice then chemicals – when I still lived in Hawkes Bay we used to do everything we could to encourage them to stay around the apple orchard. Still debate over whether they’re native or somehow got here from Australia. Would certainly NEVER call them a pest.

  • ConwayCaptain

    When can we put in the order for venison steaks????

  • BJ

    I get that Waxeyes are a pest to orchardists – getting through the netting and damaging the fruit but did you know that they are classified as a native species and are therefore protected.

    • Apolonia

      Waxeyes came from Australia, just like cockroaches. 

      • Gazzaw

        And Russel Norman.

      • Kosh103

        And yet they are listed as native birds by the NZ Conservation Dept.

    • They get the blame by some – but most agree they’re way more useful at getting rid of bugs. Most of the damage to the fruit is not by these species – just ‘cos they’re there don’t mean they did it, we used to only see them feeding off the wind blown stuff on the ground.

  • rouppe

    Just ONE?!

  • Chris Trotter

    The Silvereye or Waxeye is a native of NZ, and therefore a protected species, Cameron. I’m not sure, but I think you’ve committed an offence by shooting them. It’s as well you have made no enemies in the blogosphere (or elsewhere) otherwise someone might be tempted to dob you in.

  • Randle
  • Apolonia
    • Kosh103

      I suggest you check out the info from the Dept of Con.

  • Boss Hogg

    Whale – Got the “Kill it n’ Grill it” bumper sticker for the truck yet?  Gun rack in the back window required as well – all good.

    Look forward to more picks of big animals with holes – ge well !!

    • Travdog

      I’ve never tried rabbit yet, but I bet its not bad. Went on a carnivorous rampage in Aussie this year, and I can tell you I’m a big fan of crocodile and kangaroo now. Look forward to devouring new meats too, buffalo would be nice.

      • ConwayCaptain

        In Port Adelaide there is/was a restaurant called the Port Dock Hotel (this was 20 years ago) and they brewed their own beer and their Roo in a juniper berry sauce was to die for.

      • Travdog

        I bet it was ConwayCaptain, I ended up having the same roo dish 3 nights in a row at the resort we stayed at in Port Douglas, although they didn’t brew their own beer!

    • Mr_Blobby

      They say Dog is a good feed.

  • Travdog

    the waxeye, like the spur winged plover, are both protected yes, but neither are native.

  • Kthxbai

    You know, this ongoing slaughter obsession is getting more than a little creepy…

    • Boss Hogg

      Are you one of those children who thinks food just comes from the supermarket?

    • Mr_Blobby

      They say Dog is a good feed.

  • Mighty1

    left handed gun whale.