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

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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