Shells, unearthed

Shell identification photography…. Northland Coast, NZ Summer 2018

Storms in March disturbed the dunes and unearthed these shells not commonly seen along the Northland coast.

Andrew Spurgeon from the ‘NZ Mollusca’ website identified them as “….2 species of Rock Borer. The one with the pointed end…is called Barnea similis and the smaller one with the smooth round end… is called Pholadidea suteri. They are not uncommon but as they usually live completely buried in the mudstone, they seldom wash up on our beaches…..”.

To previous shells posts: Shells Studies Far North NZ (includes Links to interesting NZ shell-identification sites); Shells Tauranga Bay Far North NZ


Hang Five

Photography…..Hang Five, Surfing Northland Coast, NZ Summer 2018

For Angus of Alexandra..…on the edge of five.

‘Hang Five’ …. the toes of one foot….over the nose of the board. 

To another summer 2018, Northland NZ surfing montage, on Photographics Page

Shore-birds – Terns

Photographing the Tern. Several varieties make their home in Northland’s Wildlife Refuges.

The two above were making themselves known at the low-tide mark on the beach yesterday, venturing dangerously close to the ‘dogs allowed’ zone.

To a previous post ‘Birds, New Zealand Terns’ (sketching) which contains links to interesting information about the various coastal terns.

Native Gannet (Takapu)

Nature Photography at Muriwai Gannet Colony, only about an hour from the busy city of Auckland.

In March the dense breeding colony on the cliffs above Muriwai Beach is still home to the young gannet chicks. The fledglings will fly directly from New Zealand to Australia, staying for about 3 years before returning to their homeland colony.

Gannet Web-Links: Map of NZ’s Gannet Colonies – Follow the links on the ‘teara’ site for great photos and interesting information about New Zealand’s gannet breeding colonies including the colony at Muriwai Beach. The NZ Birds site has a short description of the Otakamiro Point Colony at the southern end of Muriwai Beach. NZ Birds Online details facts about identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, etc.

Birds, Godwits in New Zealand

Sketching the Godwit….Northland, New Zealand….

Each spring thousands of godwits make the impressive direct flight from Alaska to New Zealand shores. A non-stop flight of 11,000km in about 8 days. Most depart in March, making the epic return journey North, via Eastern Asia, to their thawing Arctic breeding grounds.

Godwit Web-Links: NZ Birds Online: Godwit sound recordings at this link. Plus Godwit identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, food, threats & conservation; DOC NZ: The Godwit migration; Teara NZ: Map of Godwits migration route; NZ Science Resources: Interesting information about “Godwits in flight”: flight path, flock formation, wing design, flight speed.