So now the new year begins.
Today’s photographs were made yesterday, New Year’s day.
With Mary, I went to Pauatahanui. She walked the new path (Te Ara Piko) while I grabbed some shots and claimed our lunch spot. I had to stop by the ponds to see if the pied stilt chicks were doing well. I saw only on where previously I saw four. This does not necessarily mean the other three have met some awful fate.
Of course the moment you get near a stilt chick, another bird will take to the air squawking and trying to lure you away from the chick. This one chose to do so against the colourful mat of weed that has appeared in the ponds recently.
We enjoyed our lunch at Motukaraka point, and I took the opportunity to capture a white-faced heron in flight.
As we were packing up after lunch, the pohutukawa which had provided shade demanded attention. It’s flowers were at the peak of their splendour and soon as is already happening elsewhere, those lovely red stamens will be a dusky carpet around the base of the tree and a reminder that summer is a fleeting thing.
That’s enough for now.