Our family celebration on Christmas Day was great.
Those of us who were in, or who made it to, Wellington gathered at the home of our younger daughter Helen and our son-in-law, Vasely. There were fourteen of us present, and it was a very relaxed and happy gathering with superb cooking, gracious hospitality, a lot of laughing and excellent company.
Later in the day, still suffering a little from my lack of restraint at the table, I went to Pauatahanui Inlet and just sat by the water’s edge in the late afternoon sun. Not much was happening from a bird point of view. Two people were out on the water enjoying their yacht.
Another two were kayaking though they were far too close to the bird roosting areas for my liking. The Caspian tern in this image put up with the antics of this fellow who managed to run aground on the sand bank and had to “knuckle-walk” himself and his craft into deeper water.
I am not sure why, but the Canada geese are present in larger numbers this year than I have seen before. It’s fascinating to watch the convoy escort system applied to ensuring that the youngsters are protected from external threats.
Time to look to the scales and the pedometer again.