January 16, 2015 … from squabbles to stillness

Mary wanted to see the pied-stilt chicks.

Spoonbills

I suspect the nearer trio are the ladies, and the unruly group in the rear are the men

Thus, my photographic day began at Pauatahanui once more. However, I think I have stretched the pied-stilt kick about as far as possible, so though I got some shots, I turned elsewhere. Near the entrance to the reserve, just a little back from the road, there is a fresh-water pond. Sometimes there are ducks, most times there is nothing, but yesterday there was a gathering of Royal spoonbills. As I watched, s fight broke out among three. Perhaps I am anthropomorphizing, but I interpreted this as three young women standing by while three young men fought over who was taking the prettiest one to the spoonbill ball. The fight got quite vicious though it’s hard to imagine those large flat bills inflicting any damage.

Petone

Dead Man’s elbow – Petone

In the afternoon I went to Sladden Park in Petone, to a place that I always knew as Dead Man’s elbow, though I can find no documentation to validate that. If nothing else there are usually numbers of Canada Geese there, but on this occasion, nothing.

Hikoikoi

On the slip at Hikoikoi

Down to Hikoikoi where again there was little of note in the birdlife, but a spell of calm made the place picturesque. In this picture, the boat on the slip was the favoured perch of George, our local white heron. Alas I haven’t seen George since the big storm in June 2013 when the windows on this boat blew out.

Boatsheds

The boatsheds

 

From the sea wall, the view across the water to the boatsheds appealed to me. There seems to be a lot of weed at present.

That’s enough for this visit.

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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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One Response to January 16, 2015 … from squabbles to stillness

  1. Boeta says:

    lovely post and photos

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