Monday, June 16, 2008

An Atmospheric Evening Tour

Hi all

On Saturday the 14th of June Gary took out some birders late in the afternoon, just as the sun was setting behind the Seaward Kaikouras, and at first he wasn't sure if the birds were going to be around "Albert isn't used to seeing me in the evening" said Gary. But after a few minutes of nothing showing Gary and his passengers were treated to a very good selection of albatross and other pelagics set against a stunning sunset turning the sky red.

We have long theorized that the albatross feed at night on upwellings and Gary has seen it once during his fishing days, but it was still nice to see it in action, and lead to a very different kind of bird tour.

Just to top it off there was a huge burn-off happening on one of the hills which looked as though it was setting the clouds on fire.... very cool.

hope you enjoy the pics.

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