I've been birding today. The nicely named 'Welcome Swallow' stays put in New Zealand and of course is nesting in October. My nature brain is now completely upside down. #traviswetlands #christchurch #newzealand2017
On my last visit to Oamaru I discovered Adventure Books and met owner Bill Nye. This time I took him a signed copy of Landmarks by @robgmacfarlane ...beautifully inscribed I have to say. Rob & I had done some postal magic to sort this before I left the UK. Bill wasn’t just thrilled, he was ecstatic. It was a real pleasure to ‘gift’ such a special book and to leave it in such appreciative hands. Thanks to Rob for writing the book in the first place & for signing, and to Bill for accepting it with such unbridled delight.
The penguins don’t have the beach entirely to themselves... #oamaru #newzealand2017
Yellow-eyed penguins are scarce and getting more so and only found at Oamaru and further south towards Antarctica. They march up the beach at dusk, nest for the night and then swim out to sea at dawn. Tracking devices have shown they swim out about 11 miles to a reef, feed along it and then follow an exact straight line back to the beach & their nests. There may only be two nests on Bushey Beach at the moment so it was certainly our lucky day...aren’t these the most delightful little footprints...