When the Pauatahanui inlet is particularly calm, my friend Adam who lives up that way, sends me a text message so I can gallop out there to catch the conditions before they evaporate.
I got the message yesterday (from Marion, his wife, since he was driving). And so, armed with all my gear I rolled up at the inlet to see a near perfect high-tide setting. I set up my hide in the reeds with my toes literally at the water’s edge. If I was any closer, I would have been in the sea. The birds were slow to come, but I spent some time looking at the view, being thankful for the splendour of the day, and for the kindness of friends.
An initial landscape shot led to the urge to try a panorama. Now this image is a the sum of 27 images stitched together in Photoshop CS6. And the resultant file was huge … 3.74 GB … the version presented here has been cruelly compressed to a mere 220 KB and lacks much of the fine quality of the original, but it still conveys the sheer beauty of the place and the day.
Others were out enjoying the day. In fact as I was leaving I saw a pair paddling their waka ama (outrigger canoes) and just enjoying the warmth and calmness of the day.
Lest anyone should think I left empty-handed from a birding point of view, a pair of kingfishers did come and sit on the poles near me.
Reflections on the water from houses across the bay made some lovely backgrounds.
And before I left the area, I went to the permanent bird hide on the other side of the bay and watched as another bird caught at least six crabs in about ten minutes.
I believe the weather will go downhill for the next few days.
*Perfect day by Lou Reed