Out in the inlet, none of the usual suspects were around.
Now that I think of it, I haven’t seen a kingfisher in weeks. On the other hand a tight flock of birds was wheeling and swooping like starlings over the inlet against the background of Whitby. It took a while to work out what they were.
Once they got closer it became apparent that they were common pigeons (or, as some would have it, rats with wings). I had not previously noticed flocking behaviour from them.
Later in the day I was on the Eastern side of the valley on Riverside Drive. There are some pretty spots beside the Waiwhetu stream so I took the opportunity.
And who can resist ducklings?
That’s it, I am back up to date.