It’s time to catch up with a few photos from Wednesday walks in September. Access to this East Beach walk is via Kaimaumau. We had plenty of wind but not the drenching rain we received on the same walk  the previous year. Butterfish Bay is the new name for Paewhenua Island, just outside of Mangonui. This is the only place I know of in the Far North where you can see spoonbills. Enjoy!



A well-maintained grave on a reserve at Butterfish Bay.


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