One or two chances have offered themselves however. There's this Brown-backed Honeyeater from a sunnier moment a few days ago. And the juvenile Crimson Finch (below) with its spot of coming breast colour.
The stop-start weather has made short-term nonsense of my predicted inflow of birds chasing small fish as they thrash upstream into flooded grasslands. But all will come to pass!
In the meantime, looking for more birding stuff? Try I And The Bird 91 Lots of interesting bits - and an amusing false link that makes Kiwis Australian!