May 23, 2015 … bright and cold

We interrupt our regular rain programme to bring you an unscheduled day of sunshine.


As far as I can tell, these are grey ducks (Anas superciliosa) but there were some shovelers keeping them company.

To prevent any misunderstanding about the seasons,  the regular programme of chilly temperatures will be maintained.  This was evidenced by the flock of grey ducks on the pond at Pauatahanui huddled into little feathered floating balls.


A mixed neighborhood with masked lapwing, white-faced heron and black swans.

At the Eastern end of the inlet at Ration Creek, an odd mixture of water fowl was gathered beside the creek. Imitating the Pink Panther to the best of my ability, I inched ever closer to this strange community. As always the masked lapwings were the first to panic, and as usual, their shrill alarm calls startled the other birds into flight. The black swans remained aloof and unimpressed.


Toetoe seed heads

At the Okowai lagoon near the Aotea subdivision in Porirua, the water was so stagnant that I didn’t blame the birds for boycotting it. The foliage has no such option, so  the Toetoe flowers made a brave picture.


Pauatahanui Inlet looking across to Whitby

On my way back around the inlet, I had to admire the stillness. A five shot panorama was constructed.

That’s all for today.




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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