Last Winter I didn't see too many Monarchs in the usual tree they had previously clustered together in. This Winter they are there and they are also in another tree nearby - a Flame Tree.
What a thrill to have seen them, yesterday. This is not a large cluster, mind you, and would be 15 Monarchs at the most. Nevertheless fabulous to see them.
For those who don't know. Our New Zealand Monarchs do not migrate to anywhere in the Winter here. Rather they remain where they are and cluster together in tall trees, to bask in the sun. Some clusters are large and some, like the Paihia cluster, are small. Paihia is in the far north of New Zealand and our Winters are relatively mild, compared to the rest of the country, although it can be very cold and very wet at times.
Take a look at my pictures........