Today we were out in our boat after an absence of about a month or so. The forecast was for 20 knot winds and when we woke up this morning all was still in the air and the sea looked like a mirror but once we were out on the water the clouds came out and the wind came up.
After moving around different places trying to get bites while avoiding the choppy high waves and me feeling very sick (normally I don't get seasick) we finally stopped in once spot behind one of the islands.
We lost our berley twice, the 2nd time we let it go but this little bird seemed to find us fascinating. If you can see him he's brown with white feathers and was loving the little scraps of bait we were throwing out. Apparently he's a Fluttering Shearwater bird also known as Pakaha/Puffinus Gavia
, feeds on small crustaceans and krill. They breed on offshore islands around the North Island and Cook Strait from September to February before migrating to Australia.
While we were out there we happened to witness a pod of about 30 dolphins chasing a school of Kahawai
around us and 2 other boats that we were also out on the water. Just amazing to see these beautiful creatures.
Another subject - Valentines Day - did you celebrate it? We didn't and don't normally. Baz and I have been together nearly 4 years and we do things for each other throughout the year so we don't see that one day is really needed.