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.


Hundertwasser Arts Centre ‘Te Kakano’, Whangarei

Te Kakano (The Seed) displays the concept of the future Arts Centre for Whangarei, originally designed by Hundertwasser in 1993

Renowned Austrian artist Friedensreich Hundertwasser, admired for his unique vision and colourful mosaic style, and revered in Europe for his extraordinary transformations of industrial buildings lived much of his last thirty years in Northland, New Zealand.

The following LINKS contain interesting information about Hundertwasser and his work & Whangarei’s proposed Art’s Centre: Artist’s Impression of the Hundertwasser Arts Centre at the Whangarei Town Basin, About the Te Kakano (The Seed), The Hundertwasser Te Kakano opens, Hundertwasser Biography, Another Hundertwasser Biography, Hundertwasser’s European Buildings, Hundertwasser in New Zealand’s Bay of Islands

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.