Tuesday, 12 May 2020

Taking a breather at Coopers Beach


On Sunday the other half (who is an essential worker) and I drove briefly up to Coopers Beach which is about an hour north of us. Such an amazing beautiful coastline and with us going into Autumn right now the day was overcast but it was so good to get out to breath some ocean air. I spotted this father and son doing a spot of surf casting with their rods, it doesn't look like they caught anything as there was so much seaweed in the tide.


We stopped at the beach and I took photos of the scenery including this guy while the other half crossed the road and waited in line (with 2 metre social distancing of course) to order some fish and chips - while he bought some battered fresh fish I had some battered mussels.

Our large bird friend above is apparently a Black Backed Gull (Karoro) and was 3 times the size of the squawky seagulls.  They are known to be quite aggressive towards other birds because they apparently pick on some of the endangered species like Terns, Black Billed Gulls and the Banded Dotterils. They are not threatened at all, live for about 14 years and breed from mid October to late January - from Spring to mid Summer.

Linking up with Our World Tuesday, My Corner of the World and Wordless Wednesday.

23 comments:

  1. ...I must say that I miss being at the ocean, enjoy!

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  2. Hello, it is nice to have your food with a view of the beach! I am sure the gulls would like the leftovers, if any. Beautiful beach scene and I love the gulls.
    Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  3. Wow, the feet on that bird are impressive ... he’s firmly planted there! There are so many different kinds of gulls. ...I’m glad you got away to the coast! Beautiful. Hope we get to do that soon.

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  4. My dad loved to surf fish in Southern California. We would go as a family and enjoy the beach while he fished. He caught something called Corbina, a small surf fish that supposedly has a mild flavour. I remember him cooking trout while camping, but never the Corbina. - Margy

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  5. I don't think I have ever seen seaweed like that on Coopers Beach. There was a stranded whale there one day when friends were taking me up to Kaitaia. Unfortunately, it didn't make it.

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  6. Yummm - fish and chips on the beach! Always enjoyable :)

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  7. Black Backed Gulls are very common here and will not only terrorise other birds but will happily attack small animals and humans if they are holding anything edible. We use to have one that sat on top of the garage (a big farm building actually) and swoop down into the hen run and even attack the rooster. It is the only living creature that I have shot. The shot hit it right in the middle of the chest and the look it gave me when the blood seeped was one of total disbelief as it spread its wings and glided off the roof to its death.

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  8. Fishing is a social thing they tell me. So it doesnt really matter if they got any fish!

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    1. We have a boat so for us it's not a social thing, it's more about catching some fresh kai (fish) which is very yummy

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  9. I hear gulls love to steal fries or chips.

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    1. yes they steal pretty much everything lol they are such aggressive birds

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  10. Oh so inviting and beautiful photos ~ ^_^

    Be Well,
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  11. Beautiful photos! Oh, how I miss the beach! We are heading to one in Texas this week and I can hardly wait for my infant soon to hear the waves and feel the sand between his toes for the first time!!

    Here’s my recent travel post, if interested https://elle-alice.blogspot.com/2020/05/travel-tuesday-minori-to-ravello-hike.html

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  12. Yep, that looks like a fun getaway. I love your big bird, I wish it was not such a bully.

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  13. A nice peaceful place to spend time fishing.

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  14. That is a big bird. Nice photo!

    Ahhh... I need the beach. lol. It's spring here. Have plans for the east coast beach in early autumn. Fingers crossed it all works out.

    Thanks for sharing! Have a lovely week. :-)

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  15. A karoro is a new bird to me. We have a great many sea birds here along the Texas Gulf Coast but not that big fellow.

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  16. It's nice to get out and about and the beach is always a great destination :)

    Your corner is beautiful this week! Thanks for sharing it at the 'My Corner of the World' link up.

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  17. Nice day to visit a beach, be sure there would not be many people around

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  18. When the lockdown is over, the first place I head for will be the beach! Love the photos.

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  19. I agree Amy, there's nothing quite as wonderful as a fresh sea breeze. It's the first time I've seen a black backed gull, he does seem like a wee bit of a bully 😉

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