I sat and sewed on the deck in the shade
The warm still air was filled with sounds
The cicada orchestra played a common song
Keruru took a solo turn close by
Changing his diet from Miro to Puriri.
Close up view of Puriri berries ( Vitex lucens ) About the size of small cherries.
I have never seen so many berries on our trees. The native wood pigeon - " Keruru" gorges on them. (I'm still trying to get a really good photo of one )
Still some Puriri flowers too.
The cicadas are pests to us. They pee and sooty mould grows on the deposit.
Skins where the grubs have crawled from the soil (after as many as 7 years, depending on conditions ) and clung to anything they can find while they emerge as an adult Cicada.
Look closely there is an adult Cicada drying it's wings on the branch.
They are doubly insulting things cause they pee as they fly along and sometimes it lands on me!
( it must be the season for there to be abundant Puriri and Miro berries and millions of Cicadas. In the South Island of NZ the red Rata trees are flowering better than they have in years ( partly the pest control of the possums but partly the season )