February 28, 2014 … terns and cicada

My trip to Australia was an abject failure.

White-fronted tern

Lots of glare off the water

At least, it was a failure with respect to birds. In all other aspects, it was a delight and I had a great time. And even the failure to see the birds, except for the kookaburra and a tern, was the result of my own inertia. I just didn’t go looking.  Well it was time to fill the void yesterday so I went out to the Miramar Peninsula. For a while I thought I would be disappointed. However, at Point Gordon, a cluster of rocks between Mahanga Bay and Scorching Bay, there was a small flock of white-fronted terns.


“Make a hole”

Though there were many possible rocks to choose from, most were rejected and the flock settled on one apparently undistinguished cluster just offshore. It was crowded, and there were frequent comings and goings. I find it difficult to be ready for a departure. They just seem to leap into the air from a sleeping state. Even the arrivals seem to teleport into the vicinity pf the rock from another dimension, so in-flight tern shots involve a great deal of luck and a lot of exposures that miss.

Rising water level

You swine! You promised me a seaside holiday! I didn’t expect the room to be flooded!

Some birds unable to find a place on the chosen rock, settle on neighbouring outcrops and I was amused at the indignation of the second bird  in this image as a wave washed over their perilous refuge.


Stena Alegra passes in the background

It was a warm day with a moderate Northerly breeze, and a pleasant day to cross the Strait. In the background the heavy rumble of her four big diesel engines alerted me to the passage of the Stena Alegra inbound from Picton.

Chorus cicada

They sing best in still hot conditions

In the afternoon, Maggie and Cooper were coming to our house after school until their parents could pick them up, so I walked up the road to meet them. As I said, it was a warm day and the Cicadas were on full song.

And that’s all I have today.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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