November 22, 2013 … refreshing a parched landscape

I mentioned a day or two back that the pond at Pauatahanui had dried up.

water returns to the dry pond
So many crab holes to create all those bubbles

It is something to do with some lower than usual tides, apparently. There is some sort of tidal flap that retains water in the pond even as the tide goes out. As I got there yesterday, a thin film of water was creeping across the mud.  Air was bubbling from the crab holes and you could almost hear a sigh of relief from the reeds.

Kamikaze stilt

It looks fierce but didn’t really come close

The Stilts were still eager to ensure that I didn’t come to close and they began a series of low passes intended to intimidate me. Their swoops were a bit half-hearted. A magpie or a falcon would draw blood. These remained a good seven or eight metres above me, but they looked fierce.

overhead protest

full of sound and fury

A loud squawking was also intended to register a protest vote, but to be honest, the stilt is normally such a delicate looking bird it is hard to take them seriously as a threat.

Still protesting

Back to earth.

After a few passes, they alighted on the edge of the newly inundated pond and sulked.

More tomorrow.


About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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2 Responses to November 22, 2013 … refreshing a parched landscape

  1. Ellen says:

    Long, long wings to match those long, long legs.
    Wonderful birds!

  2. I need more practice to be as expert as you at capturing those p-stilts. i got some great blurry shots the other day!

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