November 5, 2015 … breeding plumage

On my way to lunch, I chose the route that gave me a view  of the harbour.

Radiance of the Seas

Radiance of the Seas reminds me of the old P&O liner Canberra which served so well in the Falklands War in 1982. Canberra was a big ship at 45,000 gross Tonnes. This monster is over 90,000 Tonnes

Brown silt from the swollen Hutt River coloured the harbour and made Matiu/Somes and Mokopuna islands stand out. Suddenly, between them was a huge white ship. Most cruise ships arrive in port by 8am to give the passengers a full day of shopping or touring. In fact the Dawn Princess was already berthed. This was Radiance of the Seas. a 90,000 Tonne monster ready to add her 2,500 passenger to the 2,000 from the other ship. Unfortunately, early season cruise visits to Wellington can be a lottery and these guys were out of luck with cold winds and driving rain.

Featherston St

I love my city, but I concede that it can be a bit mean-spirited with its weather from time to time. Featherston St/Johnston St intersection.

My friend and I enjoyed the magnificent bowls of mussels steamed in blue cheese and mustard sauce at Leuven, a Belgian Beer restaurant. After an excellent coffee, we regretfully made our way out into the cruel weather outside where there were few cruise passengers to be seen.

Spring

Spring when, according to Alfred Lord Tennyson, a young man’s fancy turns lightly to thoughts of love.The dark blur in front of the weeds is a Welcome Swallow passing by.

Because I am determined to complete my five years of photo-a day discipline, I went North and headed homewards around Grays Road along the Pauatahanui Inlet. A group of Royal Spoonbills was browsing in the ponds by the bird hide. I have seen the word “canteen” proposed as the appropriate collective noun for spoonbills, but I doubt that my source was especially authoritative.

Spoobills (2)

By my count, there are thirteen Royal Spoonbills and two pied stilts here.

Though I tried to remain inconspicuous (though there were few other idiots with cameras there), the birds got nervous and moved towards the water ready for flight. They are not as glamorous as the more elusive white heron, but the Royal Spoonbill is a handsome bird in its own right.

That’s all for now.

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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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One Response to November 5, 2015 … breeding plumage

  1. I like the picture of the ship with the hills in the background. Sally.

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