August 24, 2014 … candles and feathers

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

Cake

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.

Ibis

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

Crows flying in the rain

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

swallow

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.

egret

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.

pelican

Australian pelican

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

That’s all for now.

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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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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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