Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

May 21, 2017

220,000 VOLTS

Filed under: Mangere,Manukau,Onehunga,Volcanoes — paul @ 8:00 pm
Pylon

Pylon

Do not climb (the pylon, that is; it is pylon 32 on Line A between Otahuhu to Henderson). More importantly: clear blue sky with a promise of (so far) the coldest night to come (3 degrees C expected). In the background right: Mangere Mountain, one of our volcanic hills. Manukau Cruising Club in the foreground.

July 24, 2016

Bright Green

Filed under: Colours,Manukau,Waitakere Ranges — paul @ 9:24 am
Bright Green

Bright Green

This rock in Jenkins Bay, South Titirangi, has grown a fine winter coat.

April 27, 2016

Hauling In

Filed under: Cornwallis,Manukau — paul @ 9:41 am
The Drag Net

The Drag Net

Catching sprat (and a lot of seaweed) for bait at Mill Bay.

The Catch

The Catch

November 17, 2015

Coastal Shipping

Filed under: French Bay,Manukau — paul @ 4:25 pm
Milburn Carrier II at French Bay

Milburn Carrier II at French Bay

The Milburn Carrier II has delivered its load of cement and is on the way back to the South Island. High tide is needed to negotiate the channel.

The Manukau Harbour – opening from the Auckland Isthmus to the Tasman Sea – is too shallow for modern shipping. Its main use these days is to deliver cement from the South Island. By the end of next year these deliveries will also go to the Port of Auckland (on the other side of the isthmus), gfreeing up Onehunga wharf for more recreational use.

May 29, 2015

Nightfall

Filed under: Clouds,French Bay,Manukau — paul @ 7:00 am
The Cloud

The Cloud

A big cloud towers over the Manukau Harbour, catching the last light of the setting sun. As the Low disappeared in the east, a chilly night ensued, followed by a crisp but sunny day. French Bay.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

June 16, 2012

Heron in Reflection

Filed under: Birds,Manukau,Reflections,Smile — paul @ 7:01 am
White-faced Heron, Reflecting

White-faced Heron, Reflecting

Like a wise old man deep in thought, this white-faced heron may well ponder the case of the disconnected reflection.

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

June 2, 2012

Hillsborough Bay

Filed under: Hillsborough,Manukau,Reflections — paul @ 7:03 am
Hillsborough Bay from Orpheus Drive

Hillsborough Bay from Orpheus Drive

This week there have been several occasions when the Manukau Harbour was ever so smooth. Not alway with blue sky, but with nice reflections. I was tempted to submit this picture for the monthly theme of tranquillity — adding that tranquillity also refers to what is excluded, as much as to what is shown. The excluded portion here is the relentless drone of the highway to my right, and if power pylons make your blood boil, you will have to exclude those as well…

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

March 16, 2012

Titirangi Beach

Filed under: Clouds,Manukau,Sky,Titirangi — paul @ 6:46 am
Titirangi Beach

Titirangi Beach

The narrow and windy Titirangi Beach Road leads down to this charming Bay on the Manukau Harbour.

More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

Manukau Harbour, Seen Across the Bay

Manukau Harbour, Seen Across the Bay

March 8, 2012

Pas de Trois

Filed under: Birds,Huia,Manukau — paul @ 7:40 am
Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

When the tide comes in, oystercatchers leave their feeding grounds in the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour to rest and roost on the shore. Most of the time there is no action beyond a bit of shuffling about, but now and then there are shrill and excited noises, often accompanying a curious dance-like behaviour. Could be a bird on its own, mostly two of them, and here we have a group of three goose-stepping along the water’s edge.

South Island Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus finschi) at Huia.

April 26, 2011

Manukau Heads at Dusk

Filed under: Huia,Manukau — paul @ 7:02 am
Manukau Heads from Mount Donald McLean

Manukau Heads from Mount Donald McLean

This was the view towards Southwest when we were up on Mt Donald McLean recently. The soft light of the evening envelops the southern shores of the entrance to the Manukau Harbour, with the lighthouse on top of the Manukau Heads faintly visible on the ridge.

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