Pictures taken at the Sandspit and the Hauraki Gulf.
We needed to go about three nautical miles out to Takaku Point. Hauturu/Little Barrier Island and Aotea/Great Barrier Island can be seen in the distance.
On the way back through North Channel the cliffs of Kawau Island present a lovely golden glow, just to the left of the point is the lighthouse.
Nice to see this bird flight 'frozen' in mid air. Such control is hard to see without the aid of a camera.
Timing, now you see it now you don't );-)
banded bellbird blackbird boats butterfly chaffinch dotterel drops due falcon fern forest gannet gannets godwit goldfinch harrier heron historic home island john-bob kakariki karariki kawau kingfisher korokoro kotuku kotuoko little monarch native nz orchid owl park pauatahanui pied pigeon plover rewarewa rimutaka rotorua scaup shag silvereye snow somes sparrow spider spoonbill starling sun_orchid sunrise swan tern track tracks trees tui wainuiomata wairarapa waterfalls white white-faced white heron wildflower wom wood yellowhammer zealander