Lingering nasty weather imposes greyness.
Unless the sea is either flat calm or spectacularly stormy, I tend to go elsewhere. Yesterday I broke that pattern by going to Mana Marina while the wind was blustery and the water was choppy. It helps to have a splash of colour on a day like this.
At the mouth of the inlet to Porirua Harbour, I paused for a while and watched the surf tumbling in. Any empty park bench spoke volumes about the weather. A lone sailboarder was racing up and down along the beach at Plimmerton, but at least from this side, there was no visible audience.
My homeward route took me along Grey’s Rd around the Northern edge of the Pauatahanui inlet. As I reached Motukaraka Point, a hangout” of Little Black shags was resting on the weed bed near the road. I parked and tip-toed to a place where there was a good view. They are fine looking birds and despite the plain plumage, show attractive patterns.
Since I was this close I went to the usual spot for Kingfishers and found one on the tree. I had left the big Canon at home so used the Olympus with a 300 mm zoom. It’s not a bad performance for a small sensor and a kit lens, but I suspect that serious birding will require the use of the heavier camera.
See you tomorrow