Seize the day …
… or the hour or the moment. There was a short patch of summer in the early afternoon, during which our son Anthony and daughter-in-law Sarah were taking Maggie and Cooper to the school swimming pool at Normandale. As in previous years, the school offsets the cost of pool maintenance during the long summer break by hiring out keys to members of the school community. Like many boys of his age (six), Cooper identifies strongly with the “super heroes”, so he turned up to swim wearing his Superman cape. His father is fit and strong so there was a sequence in which Cooper was launched several times from the pool edge into the water. I can tell you he went much higher and further than he would have if I were the person attempting the throw.
Since the summer weather window was visibly closing, I decided to seek feathers. At my usual place on the Pauatahanui inlet, there was nothing to see but the ever-increasing flock of Canada geese which seems to be fifty percent bigger each time I pass by, and given how often I pass by, that’s a bit alarming.
Back towards the Pauatahanui village I stopped near a sandbank where the Royal spoonbills like to bask, and attempted to sneak up on them again. I was thwarted when the depth of water in the reeds exceeded the height of my gumboots and I had no idea where the holes might be. Since I was carrying a heavy camera and long lens, I backed off, but not before trying a few shots. Despite the distance, the shot illustrates why I like Pauatahanui so much. In this one shot there are Caspian terns, pied stilts, mallard ducks, Canada geese, Royal spoonbills, black swans and spur-winged plovers. Overhead, skylarks were singing their merry tune. Magic, despite the wet feet.
As I pulled in to home, and stopped at the letterbox to check for mail, I spotted what I think is an immature female blackbird. It didn’t seem inclined to fly away despite my close proximity, so I reached carefully for the camera and got off a few shots before it decided it would be safer in the trees and flew away.
That’s all for now.