October 21, 2015 … in fruitless search of a fearsome bird

Te Ahumairangi Hill is a place I should visit more often.


The kaka has a distinctive silhouette

Yesterday, I went there looking for a nesting pair of New Zealand falcons (karearea) which were reportedly defending their nest site by swooping on passing pedestrians. A swooping falcon with claws outstretched is something to be treated with caution. They are among the fastest birds on earth, and handlers of captive birds usually wear heavy gauntlets to prevent injury. I was in the area of the reported attacks and saw a large bird moving quickly towards me. In other circumstances I would be delighted to see a lowland parrot in the wild, bit I wanted a falcon. It was too dark to catch its normally irridescent plumage, but the profile of the kaka is unmistakable.


Through the forest to a view of the Westpac Stadium and the harbour

Despite wandering the steep tracks for about an hour, I saw no falcon. I shall try on another day. Just being up on the hill offers some consolation, offering as it does, many interesting views down onto the city, though it is sometimes an effort to get into a position that offers a clear view of a particular scene.


Transmission mast on Mt Kaukau

Falcon-less, I wheezed my way back up the hill to the ridgeline track and caught a view of the mast on Mt Kaukau.


View to the North

Once back on the ridgeline, it was but a short walk back to the car, and from the car park there was a lovely view back up the harbour to the Hutt valley.

That will do for now.


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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