Whispering sweet nothings

We sit on the branch

We watch and wait

We spy the tortoiseshell cat

As we knew we would

lying flat as a pancake

her ears pinned back

her neck arched foward

her feet set to spring

She creeps towards us

She seems electric

We momentarily glance the other way

It’s all part of the game

We turn our heads back

Only to see her spring!

Time slows

She is close, and we can see her wide jaws open

Her gleaming sharp teeth

We can almost smell her jellymeat breath

‘Thump!’ We hear, the cat falls, tumbles back

The little girl inside laughs

The man call’s out,’oh Izzy you numpty’

The woman cries out, ‘Izzy, I’ve just cleaned those bloody windows!

Whispering sweet nothings

We sit on the branch

We watch and wait


The Wax-eye (Zosterops lateralis) is a small and friendly olive green forest bird with white rings around its eyes. Self introduced in the 1800s they now have a wide distribution throughout New Zealand. They have made the forest their home and are now among the most common bird in suburbia too. Waxeye’s mainly eat insects, fruit and nectar. Waxeye were first recorded in New Zealand in 1832 and since there is no evidence that it was artificially introduced, it is classified as a native species. Its Māori name, tauhou, means ‘stranger’ or more literally ‘new arrival’.

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Kia Ora Roly

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