Monthly Archives: March 2014

March 31, 2014 … gulls just want to have fun*

Something keeps drawing me back to the South Coast. Sadly, my hopes are not always fulfilled. I arrived in Owhiro Bay yesterday and saw hundreds of Black-backed gulls (Larus dominicanus). It seems to be a nursery area for this particular … Continue reading

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March 30, 2014 … into the den of the Tiger

Rarely do I go to a sports event. Even so, a Rugby-league game is a first for me. I have to confess that I would not spend my own money to watch a league game. In this case, however, my … Continue reading

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March 29, 2014 … in pursuit of my nose

Yesterday was a “follow your nose” day. I got into the car and went towards the city. On Jervois Quay, I saw from the corner of my eye, that the ice-skating rink is back at Queens Wharf.  After navigating the … Continue reading

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March 28, 2014 … an absent friend and maritime reflections

Flat calm is my favourite situation. Yesterday was pretty good in that regard. Flat calm requires water, in my book, so I went first to Hikoikoi reserve, to see if my old friend George, the white heron had returned. Alas … Continue reading

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March 27, 2014 … wandering in the desert

Things seem to have gone a little flat. Nevertheless I went out more in hope than expectation, and went over towards the Okowai lagoon near Porirua. The Northern part of the lagoon was totally devoid of life. The water level … Continue reading

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March 26, 2014 … contradictory weather

After a few days of rich opportunities, an occasional drought is to be expected. Yesterday afternoon, the harbour was in a paradoxical state. On the one hand there was a reasonably strong Southerly wind driving waves into Lowry Bay where the … Continue reading

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March 25, 2014 … conspicuous weath and riches beyond compare

A slow start to the photographic day saw me in the city. If nothing else, there was the ultra yacht “A” anchored in the harbour. Her owner, the Russian oligarch, Andrey Melnichenko reportedly spent NZD$350 million for this toy. And another … Continue reading

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March 24, 2014 … a two horsepower journey to see the birds

The deferred plan mentioned in the previous post came to pass yesterday. Mary had planned a picnic and asked where might be suitable (photography was allowed). I had chosen Foxton Beach, in the hope that some godwits might be still … Continue reading

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March 23, 2014 … view from a high place

Plans sometimes change, and thus I found myself free in the late afternoon. This allowed me to join a group of like-minded friends from the camera club. We originally set out in pursuit of landscape opportunities. After a little bit … Continue reading

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March 22, 2014 … a bitter wind, time to play

Again I was deceived by the wind. Calm conditions at home were not mirrored at the South Coast where a bitter South wind had me reaching for an extra layer of clothing.  But hardier souls than I were revelling in … Continue reading

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