If I follow my nose, it always seeks out sea air.
Pt Halswell is at the Northern tip of the Miramar Peninsula in Wellington Harbour. The black and white chequered lighthouse at the tip is designed to prevent vessels from running ashore on its rocky coast. Of course, the harbour pilot vessel Tarakena should be in no such danger.
Whenever Tarakena is going somewhere, it usually means a larger vessel is coming or going. In this case it was the container vessel, Liwia P registered in Monrovia.
As she passed, I noticed a flurry of sea birds, clearly in pursuit of a shoal of fish. The black-backed gull, red-billed gull, white-fronted tern and the fluttering shearwater were all in on the act. It was a great spectacle to witness.
By the time I had finished with the birds and driven back to town, Liwia P was lined up for a berth at the container wharf, and the two tugs Tiaki and Tapuhi were making hard work of pushing against the stiff wind towards her berth.
That’s all for now.