These images were taken in the Ngatea Water Gardens. The gardens are absolutely beautiful and I could have quite happily stayed there for hours, and indeed we did spend a fair bit of time there. The gardens double as a wedding venue and it is easy to see why. What was even more fitting was the pair of white peacocks. I can imagine the images the bride could get with the peacock displaying is white plumage beside her white dress. I didn’t want to take the usual peacock shots so concentrated on doing something different. Partially because they were too close, and I had my large lens on and I was too lazy to change it! So I tried for a few abstracts looking through the veil of feathers and I was really happy with the outcome. Then when the female finally started to take notice of the male we sat and watched a very intimate moment between the two of them. The female was grooming the male – nothing unusual there! – and he just stood there enjoying the attention. There was also a pair of ducks that I found interesting. Not your usual run of the mill ducks, it took me a while to identify these two but they are Wood Ducks. Very cute little birds they are too, I would have liked to have seen their ducklings but alas they didn’t have any.