Simba spent most of the day asleep in the carton, apparently oblivious to the rain and the sodden state of the cardboard.
I set up the GoPro, threw out some bread and sat back to watch. Sparrows, gulls and these pukekos came for the free food.
The fish were jumping in the estuary shallows on the incoming tide but it's not easy to get the timing right for a photo.
The New Zealand praying mantis, Orthodera novaezealandiae, showing the wide thorax and blue leg mark that differentiate it from the now more common introduced South African mantis.
A mass of birds gathered unusually close to shore to feed on a school of bait fish. The flock included gulls, terns, gannets, seabirds such as petrels, and even shags. It dispersed quickly, before I could get any closer.
Banded rails (Gallirallus philippensis) are very shy. The two birds I was watching were wary of my presence even though I was some distance away.
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.