For birds from around the world visit Stewart's Wild Bird WednesdayA week or so ago I went out to Inskip Point very early in the morning hoping that I would find big numbers of shorebirds roosting on the point before too many people got out there. The weather forecast was for fine weather but it was very foggy around my house. However, Inskip is usually quite clear even when it is not so good here at the top of the bay. There was heavy fog around as I drove out there and every now and again the fog turned into light misty rain. Then I would come out to a clear patch again and it still seemed worth the trip out there. When I got right out to Inskip there was more fog around than I have ever seen out there. The lighting was quite amazing with sun shining through and lighting up areas then closing in again. There were only a few birds on the point itself.
Out on the sand island there were more birds but still not as many as I would have expected at this time of the morning.
Everywhere I looked there were rainbows - even more ephemeral than usual as the mist shifted and closed in again.
(I changed the levels on the above photo in the photo program Gimp and the rainbow was much clearer but I lost the effect of the fog all around.)
I went back around to Bullock Point which is across the bay from Inskip Point and found the birds there. A sand bank stretches half way across the bay and when the tide is not very high the birds can rest there and continue feeding. Unfortunately this sand bank is across a deep channel so it is not possible to get close to the birds unless you have a boat to get across there.
Those light rainbows kept shining and then disappearing around here also.