The day was near perfection.
Where else would I go but to the Pauatahanui inlet where the tide was full and the water still. I set up my hide in the reeds at the edge of Motukaraka Point and waited. Out on the sandbanks, a flock of black-backed gulls was engaged in some sort of debate, judging by the noise. An immature pied stilt was browsing nearby. Texture and colour in the reflections were just wonderful.
Another of those immature pied stilts came closer. You can tell they are immature by the light grey plumage up the back of its neck, and the incomplete colouration around the head. The reflected colour in the water was even more pronounced.
Then, to my great delight, a kingfisher came and sat on the only perch nearby. I suspect some of my birding friends have removed some of the other perches, but to my taste, they have overdone it. I might have to stage a revolt and put some back. Anyway this one arrived from elsewhere with a crab. It consumed it and then flew off.
Further out, a pair of kingfishers were swapping places on a perch which was really too far away for detailed photography, even with the 400mm lens.
I took some other things but these shots make me happy.