June 19, 2014 … some visitors, medium rare

My photographic day began, as it often does, at Pauatahanui.


Five of the eight watching intently for crabs

There were at least eight kingfishers in the neighbourhood, and I managed to catch five of them in one tree. The tide was full and the crabs were obviously a bit careless or failed to realise that their buddies were disappearing one by one.


Emerging triumphant, the kingfisher has a crab

My favourite approach to kingfishers is from the water level, or as near as possible to it. Sometimes this can be uncomfortable, especially if the tide has just receded and sitting on the beach results in a wet posterior. Nevertheless, I got low yesterday and was rewarded with this shot of a kingfisher bursting into flight after diving for a crab.


Red-billed gull, white-fronted tern, pied oystercatcher and shore plover all in one place.

From there, I went to Plimmerton and found bird heaven. There were white-fronted terns, oystercatchers, and glory of glories, the rare shore plover. They are a pretty little bird, and I believe the local population nest on Mana Island, but come in to Plimmerton to forage for food.

Shore plover

Shore plover wading … they are very rare, much studied and most of them are ringed

And that’s all I have to say today.


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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