I have spent a few weeks working through photographing and organising the micro-molluscs and am posting a few individual examples here. I loved the pattern on this one.
The grid is 2mm.
Going a step further than the post below shows more of the intricacy of nature (still on 2mm grid). Tweezers and a magnifying glass are not even sufficient to really see these beauties. It's only when they are photographed that the variety of form, colour and texture can be appreciated.
More than 75% of New Zealand's molluscs are less than 10mm long at maturity. These shells, shown on a 2mm grid, are an example of a world that's hard to see clearly with the naked eye. Some of these may be juveniles of shells that would grow bigger but most were likely to remain small.
A fantail without a fan tail. It's also growing wings so presumably just a late moult. It flitted around as much as usual so the lack of tail didn't seem to bother it.
This octopus grabbed the GoPro handle and at first was reluctant to let go. After a few minutes it realised the oyster I gave it was more interesting and happily took that instead. It tried to investigate me by reaching out above the water before settling back to eat the food.
This page highlights one photo from each outing. The subjects will vary - it will be whatever caught my eye or was most special on that day.