Sturdy for the purpose
As my wings and beak
The variable oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor, torea or toreapango) is found on rocky and sandy beaches. It is rare – there were around 3,500 birds in 1994, and they are found only in New Zealand.
Also known as the black oystercatcher, it varies from black and white to pure black, which is more common further south. It has a red bill and red-orange eye-ring, and pink legs. Larger than the pied oystercatcher, it measures 48 centimetres and weighs 725 grams. ~ Bernard
For a brief moment
It is as it is
Not was nor will not be
Tomaree Peninsula, Port Stephens NSW.
Port Stephens is a naturally beautiful area, with plenty of reasons to visit all year round. In truth, it’s not a town in its own right, but rather a region that is divided into different areas; the Tomaree Peninsula, the Tilligerry Peninsula and the Golden Bight all surrounding the bay. ~ Bernard
With somber back sky
Clock and bell tower
Gives clarion call
The Hokitika town clock also serves as the South African War memorial.
The Westland South African War and Coronation Memorial Clock Tower was unveiled by Mrs Seddon, the Premier’s wife, in Hokitika, on 3 June 1903, in front of her husband, General Babington and his staff, and the West Coast Battalion of Volunteers, Cadets and returned troopers.
Over three thousand visitors arrived by train to hear speeches by the Premier, Mayor, Mr Guinness, the Member for Grey, the Hon. Holmes, and General Babington. The clock tower commemorated the coronation of Edward VII, the dispatch of 130 Westland men to South Africa, and four troopers who lost their lives in the war.
The foundation stone was laid in February 1902 before a crowd of two thousand, in pelting rain by Premier Seddon, who performed a full Masonic
ceremony as the 'Acting Grand Master representing the New Zealand Grand Lodge.' ~ Bernard
Ready for flight
For food, fear or love
But first a song
Known for its friendly ‘cheet cheet’ call and energetic flying antics, the aptly named fantail is one of the most common and widely distributed native birds on the New Zealand mainland.
It is easily recognized by its long tail, which opens to a fan. It has a small head and bill and has two colour forms, pied and melanistic or black. The pied birds are grey-brown with white and black bands. ~ Bernard
Under good conditions
Quick, write your name
On the Beach, Port Stephens NSW.
Port Stephens is called the “blue water paradise” because of the beauty of its marine surroundings. It is located in New South Wales about two and a half hours north of Sydney, on the East Coast of Australia, and has a population of about 50,000. With over 19 miles of clean, white, sandy beaches, Port Stephens boasts vibrant tourism and fishing industries. ~ Bernard
So sharp and clean
A model of rectitude
The Red-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus scopulinus), once also known as the Mackerel Gull, is a native of New Zealand, being found throughout the country and on outlying islands including the Chatham Islands and subantarctic islands. ~ Bernard
Flotilla fills the bay
Upon the silver sea
Gently rocking to and fro
Bay of Martyrs
At the outskirts of Peterborough, just off the Great Ocean Road, is this ideal place to see the stunning Bay of Martyrs. They are particularly beautiful at sunset when the islands and Massacre Point are backlit by the sun.
The place names - Massacre Bay, Massacre Point, Bay of Martyrs - refer to a strong component of local oral history which suggests that Europeans killed a large group of Kirrae-Wurrong Aboriginal men by driving them off the cliffs hereabouts. The women and children were allegedly killed in a nearby swamp. Although there is, not surprisingly, no written evidence, it seems the local Aboriginal population dropped from a couple of thousand to virtually nil at some point, which may suggest migration but this is not what local folklore suggests. ~ Bernard
Lurking in the shadows
Eye and beak a give away
More make-up please
The New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae) commonly known as a Black teal, is a diving duck species of the genus Aythya. It is endemic to New Zealand.
They are a diving duck and may stay down for twenty to thirty seconds and go down three metres to look for aquatic plants, small fish, water snails, mussels and insects. It is sometimes seen with the Australian Coot (Fulica atra); it is thought that the Scaup takes advantage of the food stirred up by the Coots as they fossick for shrimps ~ Bernard
It was inevitable
The bridge has fallen
Crumbled to the sea
London Bridge, Victoria Australia
London Arch is a natural arch in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch located at Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell in Victoria. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge. The arch closest to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer part until they were rescued by a helicopter. Prior to the collapse, the arch was known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake. ~ Bernard
Across autumned grasses
Beyond forested hills
Glacier mountain stands
The Westland National Park is located in the West Coast region of New Zealand.
Westland National Park extends from the highest peaks of the Southern Alps to the remote beaches of the wild West Coast.
Westland National Park offers a wide range of attractions including snow-capped mountains, glaciers, forests, tussock grasslands, lakes, rivers,
wetlands and beaches. There are a range of walking and tramping tracks available in the park. ~ Bernard
Hunch your shoulders
Against the chill wind
Cover your neck as well
The white-fronted tern or tara (Sterna striata) is the most common tern living along New Zealand coasts, and on the Chatham and Auckland islands. They have a narrow white band between their black cap and bill. Their body and sharply forked tail are white, and their wings are pale grey. They are 42 centimetres long and weigh about 160 grams. ~ Bernard
Wicker ware seines
Weathered rusting binders
Wabi of the sabi
Apollo Bay is a coastal town in southwestern Victoria, Australia. It is situated on the eastern side of Cape Otway, along the edge of the Barham River and on the Great Ocean Road, in the Colac Otway Shire. The town had a population of 1,095 at the 2011 Australian census. It is now a tourist destination, though it is smaller and quieter than other nearby places such as Lorne. It is also host to the annual Apollo Bay Music Festival and the Great Ocean Sports Festival. In winter to spring, Southern Right Whales come to the area mainly to breed, to give birth their calves, and to rise them in the warmer, calm waters of South Australia during their migration season. Less frequently, Humpback Whales can be seen off the coast. ~ Bernard
Light and shadow
The artist attends to both
With colourful brushstrokes
Mount Tasman is New Zealand's second highest mountain, rising to a height of 3497 metres. It is located in the Southern Alps of the South Island, four kilometres to the north of its larger neighbour, Aoraki/Mount Cook.
Elevation: 3,497 m
First ascent: 1895
Prominence: 519 m
Mountain range: Southern Alps ~ Bernard
Looking sharp there
In all your finery
Certain to wow the ladies
The handsome Australasian crested grebe belongs to an ancient order of diving water birds found on every continent in the world. It is renowned for its mating displays and the way young grebes ride among plumage on the back of their swimming parents. Three of the 22 species in this order have become extinct in the last 30 years.The Australasian crested grebe has a fine, sharp bill, slender neck and head with a distinctive black double crest. Cheeks have chestnut frills, fringed black ~ Bernard