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Month: June 2012 (page 1 of 3)

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers, Mangere

Oystercatchers, Mangere

It was a grey afternoon, but perfectly still, hardly a ripple on the surface of the water in the bay by Kiwi Esplanade. The oystercatchers had flown in, driven by the rising tide, from their feeding grounds in the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour. And now the tide was inching its way up the various outcrops of volcanic rock that they occupied.

(Except for one red bill and red legs, the picture was practically black and white out of the camera…)

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

Waikumete Cemetery

Waikumete Cemetery and Rainbow

Waikumete Cemetery and Rainbow

We had quite an abundance of rainbows of late — and plenty of rain, too. Here I was driving through Waikumete Cemetery when suddenly the rainbow formed.

Note that it takes an extra wide angle lens (or panorama stitching) to capture the full rainbow.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

Taking the Plunge

From one of my recent outings to Orpheus Drive. One of the white-faced herons had flown up to the top of the (two storey) Manukau Cruising Club. After enjoying the view for a while, it decided to re-join the rest of the flock, giving rise to these less than typical flight pictures.

Now We Are Flying!

Now We Are Flying!

Enjoying the View

Enjoying the View

Koru Land (John Botica)

Koru Land (Detail)

Koru Land (Detail)

John Botica is a specialist in pebble sculptures. This work is in the courtyard of the Mangere Arts Centre — Ngā Tohu o Uenuku. The last picture shows it in context, with a stone sculpture by Filipe Tohi in the foreground.

Koru is the Maori word for unfurling fern fronds.

We have shown another work by John Botica (“Compass Rose” at the Harbourview Sculpture Trail at Te Atatu) on April 2.

Koru Land (John Botica)

Koru Land (John Botica)

Courtyard, Mangere Arts Centre --- Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Courtyard, Mangere Arts Centre --- Ngā Tohu o Uenuku

Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill and One Tree Hill

Royal Spoonbill and One Tree Hill

Still chasing birds, I caught this Royal Spoonbill from the bay at the Manukau Boating Club, Mangere, in the late afternoon sun. One Tree Hill in the background.

Tracks

Titirangi Golf Course

Titirangi Golf Course

Signs of early morning activity at Titirangi Golf Course.

Wet Afternoon in the City

It's Wet

It's Wet

I had a few moments to spare and enjoyed myself taking pictures of the streetscape. Queen and Wyndham Streets.

For more black and white images check out Dragonstar’s Weekend in Black and White.

Mangere Mountain

Mangere Lagoon and Mangere Mountain

Mangere Lagoon and Mangere Mountain

Mangere Mountain is one of the best preserved of Auckland’s volcanoes. It has two craters, and the lava flows of the eruption about 18,000 years ago extend into the Manukau harbour. The lagoon which is in the foreground of the photo (outgoing tide) is itself an explosion crater.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.

On Mangere Mountain

The Sky above Mangere Mountain

The Sky above Mangere Mountain

These interesting cloud formations dominated the sky above Mangere Mountain yesterday (shortly after the June solstice). The trees are on the rim of one of the craters.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

One Swallow …

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

… does not make a summer, nor does a whole flock of them as I saw them next to Island Road, Mangere. It’s the day of the June solstice (June 21, 2012 at 11:08 AM, NZ time), and we are on the wintery hemisphere. But the days are about to get longer, and Matariki festivities are taking place.

Reading up on Welcome Swallows (hirundo tahitica), I was surprised to find that the first records of these birds breeding in NZ are as recent as 1958. Now they are common birds, flitting over all waterways, certainly in the Auckland area.

Welcome Swallow

Welcome Swallow

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