December 25, 2013 … time out from the feast

Christmas is almost over here.

It’s 11 pm and I haven’t written the blog for yesterday’s images. As I am sure you will understand, Christmas is a family day and there has been little time for other things.

Shag confrontation

“I just vant to dreenk your blood”

My photographic day began at Hikoikoi reserve with a rather comical confrontation between two different types of shag. The pied shag with its wings spread appears to be telling the little black shag that he is a vampire shag and should be very afraid.  Or perhaps not. The little black seemed unimpressed.

Little black shag

On the surface for four or five seconds between each dive

The little black shag in the next image was making frequent dives but I never caught it with any fish.


As the Arahura goes to Picton, the black-backed gulls (Larus dominicanus) wheel about near their colony on Matiu/Somes

Looking around, I saw the ferry Arahura disappearing into a bank of soft drizzle out to the South.

Spoonbills and Swans

The spoonbills seem unperturbed by the family squabble occurring behind them

I had to scramble a bit since we were going as a family to the Christmas vigil Mass … the service at which the children re-enact the Christmas story in a pageant, and at which there is a carol service. Coming back to get changed for this I risked being late to grab some shots of a pair of Royal spoonbills grazing among a flock of black swans.

My last shot of the day is of the black swans alone. Collectively they seem to make an efficient job of harvesting the lurid green weed.

Black swans

It seems a very uniform approach

The day is over. I mean no disrespect to those of other faiths when I express the wishes appropriate to one of my faith, that the day is kind to you, and that  the year ahead will be the best yet.

That’s it. I need my bed.


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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