My first photo challenge entry. This was taken at Godley Heads inside one of the old military buildings (circa 1939) that was used as a coastal defence battery during World War II. This bare-leafed old tree is squashed between the building and the hill.
I’ve written about Motenau Beach before in a previous post: https://diannesphotojournal.wordpress.com/2013/08/15/penguin-spotting-at-motunau/. This time I took the girls and some friends there. We still didn’t find any penguins, but did find some more penguin nesting boxes and plenty of this bird (click on the photos to see larger photos), which I haven’t figure out exactly what they are yet. It could be a Pied Shag…
Motunau Island (only accessible by DoC staff) is home to 35,000 birds including the white-flippered penguin, fairy prions, white-faced storm petrels, sooty shearwaters,yellow-eyed penguins, oystercatchers, and white-fronted ferns.
Lots of fossils, strange looking rocks, and driftwood like these litter parts of the beach:
There are more photos on my Flickr site: http://www.flickr.com/photos/97210148@N08/sets/72157638426243586/
Magnet Bay is apparently meant to be quite a good surfing beach; there was no surf the day we were there; hence no water photos: http://nzsurfguide.com/surf_breaks/canterbury/magnet-bay
Not far away is Tumbledown bay: http://christchurchcitylibraries.com/TiKoukaWhenua/TeKaioBay/