As the heat wave rolls across Europe, our midwinter continues to baffle.
We seem to oscillate between howling winds and flat calm days. Yesterday was almost calm so I set out in search of pictures with that in mind. I had set one foot outside the door when I saw a native wood pigeon sitting in the crown of a miniature kowhai shrub at the front door. These are big birds, about the size of a chicken, and they crop the tender shots at the top of selected plants like a hedge trimmer. They are so beautiful and so endearingly clumsy that I have to forgive them.
As I said at the start, this is midwinter, so the scene at Pauatahanui was doubly delightful. Could you do this on the North American Great Lakes at the start of January? The corgi seemed remarkably placid as its owner paddled off across the inlet.
Further along Grey’s Road, there was a major gathering of white-faced herons. I counted 24 of them in close proximity. These were the most I could fit in with the long lens zoomed out to a mere 100 m.
Of course the white heron is the star of any local show, but the white-faced heron is an elegant bird in its own right, and I loved watching them gathering crabs.
That will suffice for now.