Wandering somewhat aimlessly on the waterfront, I saw a new opportunity.
Behind the old Post Office building on Herd Street, is Waitangi Park. Part of the park is an artificial wetland. It is planted with typical regional wetland reeds and grasses, and is enjoyed by many ducks. It flows under the walkway beside the Chaffers Marina and then … stops. For some reason I had never contemplated the outlet of the wetland previously. It comes up to a retaining wall and trickles over it very slowly. The retaining wall is accessible from the beach in the corner of the Marina and I found that it gave me an unusual opportunity to look into the ducks’ habitat.
Seeing eye-to-eye with a duck in close proximity was a new experience, and I found that, as long as I moved very slowly, the ducks would tolerate my presence. I could rest the rim of my lens hood on the retaining wall and make images from exactly water level.
Back on the footpath, I spotted my friend Neville motoring slowly back to his marina berth in Coda. I have mentioned Coda previously. She was a work boat which Neville has restored beautifully as a small unassuming pleasure boat. She is immaculate in all respects, and it was nice to see it being used.
Occasionally I see a small fleet of yachts. It seems to be part of a youth training scheme, and three of the four were moored neatly together. The fourth was further back alongside the inflatable tender.
That’s all for now.