I am a volunteer for a little blue penguin nest box monitoring programme.  I was impressed by the efforts made by the organisers.  They have made 250+ nestboxes and installed them all round the Wellington New Zealand coastline.  This year they upgraded the nestboxes, adding ventilation and a hole in the lid for a specific purpose.  Volunteers all had to undertake a training session which covered procedures, health and safety and good practice.  Part of the task is monitoring the temperature in the nestboxes.  The programme started in June, which in New Zealand is mid winter.  I suspect that the aim of measuring temperature is to see whether warm or cool sites are favoured for nesting and to check is any locations become too hot as the season progresses.

Anyway, here’s an article I wrote that I will try and get published in some local magazines.

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Draft magazine article on LBPs



I bought a job lot of a Sony NEX-7 camera, lenses and other gear.  It’s been fun playing with a decent camera, but learning to use it properly will take a while.  Here are some pics from the Wellington south coast on 10 and 11 May 2014.  The mountain  in the background of pics 9, 10 & 11 is Tapuae-o-Uenuku.  It is 2,880m (9,500 ft) and about 110 km (67 miles) from Wellington where the photo was taken. Continue reading

2014 KASK forum

April 4th – 7th 2014 saw the Kiwi Association of Sea Kayakers’ forum at Anakiwa in the Marlborough Sounds at the top of New Zealand’s South Island,  There were talks and demos, practical sessions on the water and off, and a huge range of sea kayaks of all materials, ages and types.  A great weekend of enjoyment, learning and nattering  was had at the Anakiwa Outward Bound centre.  The company and the catering was superb and the weather played along too.  Here are a handful of pics from the weekend

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