Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009This board walk and the view of the apartment buildings signal either the end or the start of the walk! The track, being a loop track can be walked in either direction.

This picnic spot is where we stopped for lunch. This part of the Island is nearly at the end of the walk if you are  going in a clockwise direction although there are no rules about which way you go! The white patches by the rocks are actually piles of shells (mostly broken and smoothed down by the rocks) and not sand. The smaller patches of brown are the sandy areas! It’s a beautiful area to stop and there was another photographer down there taking photos. Great minds think alike!

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

The island that can be see in the back ground of the first photo is closer here. It’s called “Leisure Island” and used to be a theme park complete with a dolphin show and giant water slides.These days it’s a walking track and picnic area. I’ve never been there but I’m planning on a photo walk there soon!

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

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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!

Lensday’s theme is ORANGE and it just so happens I recently took a photo of this moss on a rock at the Mount Beach. I was drawn to the explosive ‘orangeness’ of it againts the much paler shades around it.

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Please drop by the Lensday blog and see the other entries.

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.

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Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

Copyright Lisa Sarsfield 2009

I was suprised to see these lovely birds step out of the shaddows so boldly! I was on my way back from my walk when I heared the rustle of dry leaves and to my suprise there were 3 females pheasents having lunch!

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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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