August 24, 2014 … candles and feathers

One of the major reasons for our visit was our grandson’s birthday.


Isaac blows out the candles on his cake

Isaac was seven yesterday, and like most boys of his age in the developed world, he was excited about it. He woke early in the morning, waited patiently for the rest of the household to emerge and opened his various gifts in an orgy of shredded wrapping paper. Later in the day, he celebrated with the gathered family at the home of his other grandparents, and got to blow out the candles on a Lego-themed cake made and decorated collaboratively by his mother, sister and father. It was a joy to be there for him.


Glossy ibis on the soccer pitch

In the morning we went to watch him play soccer. The opposing team didn’t turn up, so a game was arranged between various members of Isaac’s team. It rained steadily for much of the day and this meant that the senior grounds were closed. The unusual amount of rain drove ants and other insects to the surface, and this was an opportunity for the birds to eat very well. A bird that I have not previously got close to was the glossy ibis.


Crows flying in the rain

Crows were also plentiful, and because they are not present in New Zealand I was surprised by their size.


Low and fast, a swallow chasing insects

Also present in large numbers were swallows flitting across the fields. The seemed to fly a straighter path that the ones that gather airborne insects over the ponds at Pauatahanui.


A great egret, close cousin to our white heron

White egrets were present in the waterways, and were less skittish than the ones at home.


Australian pelican

Strangest to my eyes were the pelicans which were simply crouched against the rain.

That’s all for now.


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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2 Responses to August 24, 2014 … candles and feathers

  1. Toya says:

    Great shot of the swallow! and I love the birthday cake!!

  2. brent higham says:

    looks like your in paradise great shots here

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