The Tui are back at the feeders after a very quiet period in the last 4-6 weeks.
There are lots of conversations going on. Some friendly enough….
Others not so much
Not far from my home on the West Coast of the North Island, New Zealand, there is more wild coastline.
Views from above this coastline can be gained from Whitireia Park, a reserve area which some years ago was farmed.
Standing on the high cliffs in the park there is almost always a wind blowing across this exposed site. It is bracing and exhilarating.
This high vantage point offers great views of Mana Island, a wildlife sanctuary.
The rocks are rugged and treacherous here as the Tasman Sea washes into the Porirua harbour entrance.
People use this stretch of coast and this park for all manner of recreational pursuits, both in the sea and on the land.
My visit was to record more of the beautiful landscapes that are found in the area in which I am fortunate enough to live.
Our long warm summer has seen dozens of Monarch butterflies in and around the garden. But it was only yesterday at Willowbank Park in Tawa (15 mins from my suburb) that I finally managed to get a photo of one. This one was resting on a native Hebe alongside the path into the park area.
They really are majestic butterflies.