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How Convenient! #10

Te Henga Dune Convenience

Te Henga Dune Convenience

Suppose you are in the middle of nowhere on a sand dune like the one shown in yesterday’s post. And suppose nature calls. Then you will be relieved to find this place (just to the right of where the second image yesterday was taken).…

Dunescape

Dunescape

Dunescape

Lake Wainamu lies just inland from Te Henga (Bethells Beach). A lovely little lake whose dominating feature is the giant sand dune of black sand. We took about an hour for the walk around the lake on a fine Saturday afternoon.…

Fishing from the Rocks

Rock Fishing, O'Neill Bay

Rock Fishing, O’Neill Bay

O’Neill Bay is just north of Bethells Beach (Te Henga), marked by rugged rock formations (conglomerate). Beyond this outcrop lies the Tasman Sea and maybe a fish or two?…

V Phalacrocoraces

Five Pied Shags

Five Pied Shags

In fluent Latin I present to you a group of five pied shags (pied cormorants in Australia), beaks pointing straight forward, eyes firmly looking sideways, as I moved closer to the end of O’Neills Bay on our Auckland West Coast.…

Young Growth

Nikau Leaf Unfurling

Nikau Leaf Unfurling

On a recent outing to Forest and Birds’ Matuku Reserve above the Bethells wetlands, I noticed this beautiful colour in amongst the predominantly brown/grey and dark green tones: The young shoots of the Nikau palm (rhopalostylis sapida) start out as tightly packed spikes which then open out gradually, harmonica style, revealing these unexpected hues.…

Te Henga Wetlands

Te Henga Wetlands

Te Henga Wetlands

I stopped on my way back from Bethells Beach, to have a look at the expansive wetlands in the lower Te Henga valley. It is winter, and the reeds are showing their seasonal (dis)coloration. We are looking towards the west, behind the ridge is O’Neill Bay.…

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