It's great when there is wildlife in the surf. At the time, I thought these fish were kahawai, but the stripes don't look right.
Black-backed gulls fighting over fish scraps. The brown bird is a juvenile of the same species that also joined in the competition.
This octopus was interested in the GoPro camera at first but I easily kept it out of reach and by the second day it didn't bother about it at all. It happily came out to feed and chased the shrimps and triplefin fishes away from the food by waving its arms. It investigated my feet a couple of times but grew bored with me after a week of daily visits. It readily took any shellfish I cracked for it but when I tried feeding it pieces of fresh fish, it initially took them but then gave them back a few minutes later.
A family group showing the variability of variable oysercatchers. The bird at centre is the current season's "baby" flanked by its parents.
My intention with this page is to highlight one photo from each outing and tell its story in a couple of sentences. The subjects will vary - it will be whatever caught my eye or was most special on that day.