December 17, 2014 … a tale with two cameras

The weird weather continued.

Tui (1)

Tui plumage in just the right light


Yesterday was the most impressive day of the year so far, with temperatures reaching around 27 degrees C. It was calm, clear and warm. Pauatahanui seemed like a place to begin, and there, in the walkway leading to the bird hide, there were tui, gathering nectar from the flax flowers. At a distance,tui look black except for the ruff at the throat. If you catch them in the right light, they have magnificent plumage.

Tui (2)

The same tui with the sun at a different angle


The light was so good for the purpose that I can’t resist a second tui shot. As you can see the colours vary with the angle of the light.

Stilt (1)

Pied stilt foraging among the weed at Pauatahanui


In the hide I could see several pied stilts. Despite their slender grace, and delicate appearance they are bullies and tend to chase other bids away quite aggressively.

Stilt (2)

Warning flight to chase me away from the nest


It is clear that there are nests nearby, perhaps even chicks because, when I emerged from the hide, there were squawks of alarm and I was circled closely by several stilts who variously dived close to me, or attempted the old “broken wing” decoy trick to make sure I didn’t approach the nests. Of course, I wouldn’t.


Pukerua Bay beach … Kapiti Island in the distance


In Pukerua Bay, the water near the beach was mirror-calm and I found the flip-out LCD panel allowed me to get a low view across the rocks to Kapiti Island.


O Tannenbaum


As I left Pukerua Bay I noticed this outburst of seasonal sentiment made from driftwood.

That’s all for now.


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 December 17, 2014 … a tale with two cameras

  1. Lovely images. I guess the flip out saves knees?

  2. Pamela Rothschild says:

    Oh my favorite bird, I love the Tui, nothing can beat his/her plumage and her warble. Roll on next week when I am back and can put my jandals on. Hope we can finally meet for a coffee in early Jan?

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