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Feeding Time

White-fronted Tern Feeding its Chick

White-fronted Tern Feeding its Chick

While gannet numbers at Muriwai seem to be well below the usual, it appears that the terns are thriving. There were good numbers of adults and chicks on the sand in Maori Bay as well as in the slopes between the viewing platforms.…

The Gulls

Gulls

Gulls

The tide is in, and every now and then a big wave crashes over the foot of Motutara Island at Muriwai. The black-backed gulls (Larus dominicanus) are chased off their resting place, returning immediately in the hope of finding some morsels that may have washed up from the sea.…

Grazing

Grazing

Grazing

In a paddock along the road to Muriwai. Black bulls. I tried my best to point them all into the same direction — almost successfully.

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

Muriwai: Windswept

Muriwai: Windswept

Muriwai: Windswept

Muriwai lies on Auckland’s West Coast, buffeted by the prevailing westerly winds, pounded by the Tasman Sea, and the dunescape is ever-changing. Over several decades, the dunes have receded by up to a meter per year. The picture above was taken not far to the north of the entrance to the beach, and the ti trees tell the story: shaped by the wind, all but uprooted by the waves, just hanging in there.…

Muriwai: Gannet

Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

Australasian Gannet (Morus serrator)

From my visit to Muriwai last Friday. It was quite windy, and in such conditions it is especially fascinating to watch the gannets fly.…

Blokarts at Muriwai Beach

Blokarts at Muriwai Beach

Blokarts at Muriwai Beach

When the tide goes out, the hard sand of Muriwai beach is a great track for these lightweight land yachts – given the right wind conditions. And we had no shortage of wind, lately!

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.…

Muriwai: White-Fronted Terns

White-Fronted Terns (Sterna Striata)

White-Fronted Terns (Sterna Striata)

A Skywatch Friday photo. More Skywatch images at the Skywatch Site!

The Gannet colony at Muriwai is also nesting and breeding site of white-fronted terns (sterna striata). Some of the time they are congregating on ledges on Motutara Island, some of the time underneath and beside the southern point opposite.…

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