Home sweet home…if you’re a Shag. These shags let out a primate like noise as they chatter amongst esch other high above the path that winds its way around the base of Mount Maunganui. You can make out the nests in these trees quite easily. I am itching to get a zoom lens for my camera but good things take time as they say! This spot is so beautiful. Below them you can see the volcanic rock jutting out from the ocean which feeds these birds and the many others that call the Mount home. Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I am trying to reignite my blog…I’ve had too many gaps and not enough time so I am going to try and set up some posts in advance and then ‘auto’ post them. In theory it will give me time to come and admire yours and keep my own posting regular! Check back here tomorrow for more sea themed shots…this really is a beautiful place!

These quails were far to busy hunting for insects in the leaf litter to be worried about me!

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I used to have quails in an avery years ago. Pretty little things! I was really pleased to spot this family of them under the trees.

I spotted this quote on a park bench.

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009
Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

This photo was taken on the walking track. The view looks across to Matakana Island. Near the area I took this photo were some Black Oyster Catcher’s and I’ve previously seen a large flock here during their breeding season. I will be going back ofcourse! 

 

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We’ve had rain, rain and more rain here recently. Small slips, power cuts, hotwater shortages, wind and surface flooding. It’s not the sort of weather that’s classified as a disaster and certainly not cyclone material- it’s the sort of weather that’s best described as an inconvenience and a real bummer if you had anything planned for outside. It’s good tv watching or book reading weather!

As the  saying goes  every cloud has it’s silver lining,  and the large flock of gulls that migrated to a nearby football fields is one of them. It’s  quite a spectacular sight being less than 7 km from the city centre and seeing all these gulls and sea hawks on the flooded football field.  Like some sort of renunion us mere humans know nothing about! Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I love the common sparrow. Such a sweet little bird that does a lot to improve our environment both aesthetically and practically. I’m not sure what startled these ones but I love how they evening sun cast a bonus bird Shadow on the fence. Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

My artist friend John has been digitaly altering another sparrow photo I took and posted on my art blog. The photo below became the photo below that with a little unplanned collaboration. Please go and check out the rest of John’s blog here.

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Copyright John Mora/Typos.daylight.fate 2009

Trip week is over and I hope to be back to normal now! See you all soon!

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

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These were taken from the wharf at the Strand in Tauranga. Just a few hundred meters down the road and across are the bars and resturants of the city… the wharf is a great fishing spot and people like to jump off it to swim as well. I was there for fishing not jumping:) We were catching and releasing with a bait catcher and bread, the haul included 2 shrimp, 4 yellow spotties and 4 brown fish as yet unidentified! These birds now it’s a good spot to score a free feed too!

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Boat photos to come…