Monday, 23 January 2017

Coromandel Sojourn, sun, surf and bird life.

On Thursday we travelled south east to Tairua a small coastal village
on the Coromandel Peninsula for a few days relaxation 
staying with friends at their iconic Kiwi bach (you can google bach)!

Tairua sits on an isthmus with
a tidal estuary on one side
and a typical east coast ocean beach on the other.
A favourite for the young surfies.

Each evening we enjoyed drinks and nibbles on the deck
overlooking the estuary.
It's ever changing movement from the rise and fall of the tide
made for great photo opportunities for Moi!

The Estuary

This time we had a special visitor join us each evening.
A poor little seagull with a broken leg whom our friends have befriended.
In the first photo you may be able to see how her right leg is hanging loose.
She has come to trust Don and he saves
fresh morsels of scallops and fish for her each day!
I nicknamed her Gammy.

The Ocean Beach

The New Zealand Dotterels (Plover family) make their nests in the sand dunes
on our northern beaches.
They are well camouflaged and blend into their surroundings
but still vulnerable to dogs if they are not on a leash.
Being a bird lover I feel dogs should be banned from these beaches
during the breeding season.

I'm joining Maggie for Mosaic Monday
and Eileen for Saturday Critters
and Jeanne for Blue Monday

However I'm so sorry to see because of the internet issues in her area
Jeanne feels unable to continue hosting Blue Monday.
I'm hopeful and keeping my fingers crossed that someone will take up the baton!

Thank you ladies for hosting!

Take care and
be kind to one another

à bientôt



  1. What a beautiful beach! It must be a wonderful place to visit. Glad that Gammy is being taken care of so well!

  2. Delightful post - lovely photos and beautiful scenery - fabulous!
    Happy Mosaic Monday!

  3. Gorgeous images, Shane, and looks and sounds like a lovely, relaxing place. Poor little seagull ... wonder what happened to its leg. I agree, you would think that while there is nesting, there would be some extra precautions taken to make sure the birds aren't disturbed. Have a good week, Tammy

  4. Dear Shane,
    thank oyu for all those wonderful pictures!
    So lovely area and birds, and beach ....
    Happy week to you,
    Love and hugs,

  5. What a great place to visit, Shane, wish we had friends that owned a bach there! I loved the story about Gammy and her gammy leg, she seems to have trained your friends well and knows where to go for a good meal.
    Thanks for joining me once again for Mosaic Monday, have a great week.

  6. Beautiful shots of the place and lovely bird.

  7. I enjoyed your pictures. There is nothing better than being by the seaside. That is where one can truly relax.

  8. How nice to feed a seagull! I hope to go to the beach this week...oh how I love it! Enjoy your day! Hugs, Diane

  9. What a very interesting and formative post. Your photos are great. I really did enjoy this post. Have a blessed day. Madeline

  10. What beautiful images Shane. I was happy to know what a bach is! I imagine it must have been a lovely treat to sit out and sip, chat and enjoy the sea air.

  11. I can just feel those lovely ocean breezes and take in that salt air...what a beautiful place to spend time. As an animal lover I'd certainly be helping out the one legged bird too:). Have a great week!

  12. Spectacular scenery! So glad your friends are helping the injured seagull - I think they are beautiful, despite their reputation of being scavengers.

  13. There are beaches here that ban dogs during some parts of the year in order to let the bird life thrive. I think it a good idea.
    Gammy is fortunate to have found such a good friend. I hope she recovers enough to become independent. The plovers are such pretty birds.
    A few days at the beach is a wonderful break. I'm glad you enjoyed yourselves.

  14. Just beautiful! Coromandel is also a lovely word -.
    Glad you have been able to take a well earned break Shane.
    Hugs - Mary

  15. I love seeing glimpses of your part of the world. What a sweet plover and fun to hear about Glammy too. The beach looks so wonderful to stroll along or sit there and just savor the day.

  16. What a fabulous bird! Every photo makes me want to visit! (I should stow away in Rick's brother's luggage -- they are leaving for NZ tomorrow)

  17. Liebe Shane,
    die kleine Möwe mit dem gebrochenen Bein ist zu bedauern...Vielleicht (hoffentlich!!!) ist es nicht gebrochen, sondern nur leicht verletzt???
    Ich hoffe in jedem Fall, dass sie gesundet!!!
    Bei Dir bedanke ich mich ganz herzlich, dass Du Dich als neue Followerin bei mir eingetragen hast.
    Ich habe auch eine kleine Freude für Dich! Ein wunderschönes Röschen! Schau einfach einmal in meinen neuesten Post...
    Alles Liebe



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