They say that if your nose runs and your feet smell, you are built upside down.
My feet are reasonably pure, but the nasal problems have required a lot of tissues. The continuation of this ailment has diminished my enthusiasm for getting outside, and for pretty much everything else. Nevertheless, I have been trying to keep the faith, though my beloved minder is winding in the leash. On Wednesday I still managed to get out to Pauatahanui. It wasn’t wildly exciting, but I did see some masked lapwings with their chick, exploring a pond in a farm paddock.
Across the road from the lapwings, a white-faced heron chose a picturesque spot on which to pose so I took it.
In the wildlife reserve, I was out of luck at the bird hide, so consoled myself with the shot that many people take if they were unsuccessful with the birds. Most of them would have the presence of mind to use a smaller f-stop and get all the posts in focus. I blame the illness.
My last for the day was a tui harvesting nectar in a kowhai tree at the gateway to the reserve. Once the tui gets involved with nectar, it seems less cautious than normal so I could get quite close.
That’s what I did on Wednesday.