It is not just the beach that is beautiful in my neighbourhood. Even on these cold winter days, there are feathered beauties to be found on the beach.
Beautiful are the variable oystercatchers seen frequently along the shoreline as the incoming tide brings little fish, crabs and shellfish. Taking time out from their endless search for food, the seabirds frolic in the shallows.
Beautiful too are the kingfishers that perch on the driftwood logs, before diving into the streams and estuary ponds to catch a fish.
Beautiful are the Kereru (native wood pigeons} that swoop into the kowhai treetops to nibble on the sweet leaves.
The Banded Dotterel nesting on the shingle beaches are beautiful -and endangered.
Beautiful black swans glide along the seashore, questioning each other as they look for seaweed to nibble.
And then there is the beautiful light to be found at the beach.
From the sunlight reflecting on the hills to the light glowing on the foreshore as the sun is setting. Each beach has a different kind of beauty.
And at the end of each day there are the beautiful sunsets. Is there a better place to be?
i am thankful for all the beauty I find at the beaches.