Mary wanted to see the pied-stilt chicks.
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.
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.
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.
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.