|Driftwood covers the path|
|Fur seals make occasional appearances along the coast|
But for the walker whose steps have taken on a pleasant rhythm, stopping to take a photo can interfere with enjoyment. For a rock-hopping fossicker the sight of an octopus oozing through a gap in a rock pool is all the better seen with bare eyes instead of through a view finder or screen. For the volunteer monitoring traps, the hands are full and there's a job to be done so the camera stays in the bag. But recently I've been doing walking bird counts, and this has given me more opportunities to stop and take photographs.
At this time of year, clouds of moths and butterflies rise from the bushes around the path. The easiest to recognise is the copper butterfly.
|Maui copper butterfly|
|Female Rauparaha copper butterfly|
The lizards are the best kept secret around here. Locals know they are here but rarely see them. Strangers usually have no idea. Some of the lizards are nocturnal, so only seen by the trained volunteers working on the monitoring project. But the grass or common skink can be seen darting out of sight on a sunny day.
|Grass skinks that live on the shore are often very dark|
I've already blogged about the herons around the coast. But things change. The reef heron hasn't been seen since last year. The white-faced herons have had chicks and several leggy juveniles have been hanging around. This one wasn't smart enough to let me get past and kept moving along the path in the same direction. Maybe I kept it away from preying on the lizards for a little while.
|Gannet - photo not taken at Pukerua Bay - they don't land here|
just fly over and fish in the sea
|Pied shag, shags have no nostrils, this one is|
breathing through its beak
|Kingfishers are very hard to get close enough to photograph|
|A greenfinch among the grass and weeds|
|Dead little penguin on the beach|
|Black-backed gull near Wairaka rock|
More about the wildlife in Pukerua Bay: