We were together with another family this weekend. The kids and parents had a discoussion about the name. No, it is not the famous author's name. There was no E. Why? I don't know.
From wild and windy Orewa, we drove to Whangaparoa Peninsula. Here the beach was calm and I went out for a long walk along the beach and picking shells on the way. There I found shells of snails.
I have never seen so many native bird pukekoes at one area. They looked like sheep grazing grass. There were friendly peacocks. I couldn't resist taking this photo of a peacock coming close to the boy for his crisps.
Shakespear Regional Park
The park offers a sanctuary with magnificent panoramic views. The inner Hauraki Gulf can be admired in all its glory and Auckland City can be seen on the horizon.
Birds from nearby Tiritiri Matangi Island sanctuary have migrated across to the regenerating native forest on Shakespear. You can hear bellbirds and see the occasional kakariki. In the spring you are able to enjoy the newborn lambs amongst the expansive rural pastural setting.
At Te Haruhi Bay the resident peacocks display. White-faced herons, stilts and dotterels frequent the tidal flats of Okoromai Bay, and tui and native pigeons flourish in the regenerating forest of Waterfall Gully.