Earlier in the year, I was ecstatic to experience a prolonged period of calm. Now we are paying for it with seemingly never-ending wind. Ugly blustery wind, gusting to around 50 km/h.
Late last week I went back to Queen Elizabeth park to see whether the dabchicks had produced any offspring. Again, none were visible, though two pairs of adults were cruising about. Despite my grumbles about the wind, parts of the wetland are nicely sheltered and I liked the contrast between the green weeds and the Canada goose on the still patch of water.
While I was there, I heard an odd rumbling noise and was pleased to see one of the tramway museum’s trams trundling along. It was an unlikely combination of photographic genres.
Over the weekend, and yesterday, I followed the road through Wainuiomata to the south Coast, and to my great delight encountered some pretty banded dotterels. There is a large fenced off area designed to protect the nesting area. However, beauty is not matched by brains and many of the birds have made their shallow nesting scrapes outside the fence. If you get close to a nest, you hear a shrill indignant cheeping and see rapidly moving birds trying to lure you way from their nest.
This morning I went looking for some weather shots in Evans Bay. I tried long exposures with neutral density filters, I learned the hard way, that even with a heavy tripod, long exposures with shuddering wind gusts result in blurry pictures. Some thought required. This shot at Point Halswell is without the ND filter and aims to capture the cloud formations accompanying that mean-spirited Northerly.