Rare and native birds are exciting, but plain old house sparrows still put a smile on my face too. This was one of a group hanging around a cafe in Arrowtown, angling for crumbs and catching rays of the finest afternoon sun.
Once upon a time, in a land far away,
there were no computers, that ruled the day,
kids played outside and scratched their knees,
we played cops and robbers, and hid up in trees,
we swapped marbles for cars, and put stickers in books,
now kids today couldn't give two f**ks!