Last week, PJD was lucky enough to spot a lone seal lazing on the rocky shore of Wellington harbour. The chance for random wildlife sightings is one of the things we love about living close to the beautiful harbour. There are surely not that many places where you can be in the heart of the CBD, and two minutes walk away, be able to see (if you are lucky!) creatures such as dolphins, penguins, seals, stingrays and seabirds (all of which between the two of us and our combined years living in Wellington, we have managed to encounter). So, today as we were harbourside walking as the evening was drawing in, we spotted this beautiful bird, chilling out solo at the water’s edge.
Pretty cute, isn’t he (or she)? I found the plumage quite incredible, to see up close in this way. I think I have identified this little guy correctly, as a Kawau, or Black Shag, (perhaps it’s a juvenile?) but happy to be corrected if there is someone out there reading this who knows more about bird watching than me….
The spot he had chosen to perch sure had a lovely outlook, as a warm glow descended onto Matiu/Somes Island in the middle of the harbour.
We hung around until our little bird friend took off, out towards the harbour’s distant reaches, a Don Binney painting in flight.
Photos by PJD and CIA, Wellington Harbour, New Zealand, 21 October 2012.