Muriwai Beach

  Muriwai is one of my favourite places on the planet… It’s beauty and fierceness are indescribable. Every time I am there, I am shocked by it and as I leave I am planning my next trip. It’s only an hour from home, so it’s not that difficult. The seabirds are incredible, here are twoContinue reading “Muriwai Beach”

Return to Muriwai

It’s getting close to the end of the gannet’s season in beautiful New Zealand. They spend the summer here, but care not for our cold wet and blustery winters – they head over to Australia and indulge in their tropical winters. But they’ll be back in the spring to mate and lay eggs and nurtureContinue reading “Return to Muriwai”

Twilight Time

  Okay – perhaps it was not as grey as I declared it was yesterday… but you can’t argue that there is no absence of warmth here… those waters were fierce and the wind was wild. The sky is deceptively calm as the gannets, seagulls and terns swooped in and out so fast, they don’tContinue reading “Twilight Time”

Maori Bay Cave at low tide

A fascinating little cave at Maori Bay, Muriwai. This is at low tide and as you can see, the water never fully recedes. The top of this cliff is occupied by the gannet colony, but the lower ledges are occupied at the moment by nesting white fronted terns – an extremely territorial medium size birdContinue reading “Maori Bay Cave at low tide”

Maori Bay sunset

One of those places where humans definitely do not belong and for that matter are not particularly welcomed. The surf is fierce, the bird life even fiercer if you should happen to stop and set up your tripod a little to close. I must go back soon. The first time in a place like thisContinue reading “Maori Bay sunset”

Sunset at Muriwai

Though it wasn’t an especially good day for a sunset, I still got a pretty nice sunset photo. I just love the reflections in the little stream that flattens as it finally makes its way from the hillside to the sea. Sunset gets all the praise, but to be honest, I often think the mostContinue reading “Sunset at Muriwai”

Flight

Sorry I’ve been off for a wee bit. Not sure why, just very busy with all sorts. Made a visit the other day to the Gannet Colony at Muriwai Beach. shot this with my new 70-200mm lens, with the 2x extender. It’s soooo big… and is just an amazing lens. Of course the gannet isContinue reading “Flight”