December 19, 2014 … lovely weather for ducks

Steady wet drizzle happened for most of Thursday.

Wet landscape

Hayward hill landscape drifting in and out as the rain came and went


Domestic obligations kept me at home in the morning, so after lunch, I decided to see if I could get a better view of those pied stilt chicks, despite the weather. My camera was installed inside its storm-jacket and was weatherproof. The landscape as I crossed the Haywards hill seemed unpromising.


Everything was very wet, and all to eager to share the burden with me.


Having parked on Grey’s Road, I set off along the path and within a minute, my shoes, socks and trousers were soaked as I pushed through the grasses and the soggy track.


Kanuka tree in flower


There were jewels to be seen, and it was worth pausing to look at trees in flower.


Three chicks at the water’s edge, two to the left and one to the right


From the comparative shelter of the hide, I dripped on the floor. My camera may have been weatherproof, but I certainly wasn’t. However, my trip was not in vain. Three pied stilt chicks were exploring the edge of the island in the pond.  As I understand it from other observers, these are no more than two days old.

That will do for today.



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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