April 24, 2015 … return of the prodigal heron

Such a calm beautiful day that I just had to go out to the inlet.

Kingfisher

Sacred kingfisher in a tangle of twigs at Pauatahanui

I was seeking kingfishers, and though I got my portable hide out among the reeds for the first time in ages, and sat patiently for two hours, I saw almost nothing, and certainly nothing I could turn into a good picture. I spotted a friend who had set up in his chair back near the car park so I folded the hide and went back. At this stage I saw a kingfisher among the autumnal branches of the big tree.

Thrush

Songthrush – Hikoikoi

In the afternoon, I went down to Hikoikoi reserve and saw this pretty songthrush hopping round on the grass.

Heron

White heron or kotuku, our old friend, George.

However, the great, the glorious news was that when I put my head around the corner of the boat shed, George was back. I have visited Hikoikoi almost twice a week since the great storm in June 2013 which was the last time we saw him. I think my hopeful visits were a source of amusement to at least some of the boat shed owners. George is back. I am delighted.

Good night all.

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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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