Sunday, November 29, 2015


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Climate March Auckland 28.11.2015

Amazing turnout for the Auckland Climate March yesterday


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Monday, November 23, 2015


After visiting the beautiful Waitawa reserve yesterday We are back North of Auckland on the East coast surrounded by NZ dotterel and VOC nests but this young pippit with a damaged wing feather stole the day I think.


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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

VOC Nest -Shoal Bay.

Having watched the Variable oystercatcher chase off a hawk I was expecting that it was defending either eggs or chicks and sure enough today I found the nest site on the shell bank with three eggs in it.

Hot and Wet

Two late entries of recent visits to the East coast.



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Monday, November 2, 2015

Matapouri Coast and hidden pathways.

Back on the Tutukaka coast exploring familiar beaches and hidden paths some leading to secluded beaches.
A solo juvenile godwit on the beach and three endangered pateke duck exploring a drainage ditch in daylight at Wooleys Bay. Sea primrose in flower at Ngungaru, Wooleys bay and at the Mermaid pools.

I wanted to revisit the Mermaid pools. Its a steep tricky path at the end of Matapouri  beach probably not to be attempted when wet. The pools were a stunning colour and quite still like a millpond today. On my previous visit a couple of years back the sea was wild and I couldn't get in for a dip. Today was perfect, the cool fresh water took my breath away.  The sun warmed rocks soon warmed me up as I dried off. I'm not sure that a Merman pool is quite so interesting as a Mermaid pool.

Whale bay as beautiful as ever I had to have a swim here and later I climbed high above the beach to a headland that maybe could be a pa site.
On the coastal path to Whale bay native clematis is in flower these are the male flowers.

This is a great coastline with so much to explore and the rivers entering the little estuary at Matapouri are great for kayaking too.

Behind Matapouri beach I discovered a hidden pathway leading  to a beautiful  grove of Nikau palms in the DOC Otito Reserve.

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