Pied shags usually nest in trees over water. At this site, a couple of the branches are just below eye level, giving a good view of the eggs. These birds are used to people at the campsite and are relaxed about being watched.
This was the only octopus encounter on this trip and it wouldn't engage with me. It didn't even want the oyster I offered it, and was gone the next day.
I was well away, but the reef heron still kept a good on me as it moved from rock to rock looking for prey.
It started to rain and I headed for a big rock to shelter under but the spot was already occupied. The young seal hopped into the water and sized me up as I moved away.
Native kowhai trees flower straight after the introduced Taiwanese cherries finish giving continuity in food supply.
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.