Big Bay Godwits People and Whitebait
Watching a supply plane negotiate surf and wind conditions on approach to the low tide air strip at Big Bay, Trevor turns and says, ‘we’ve seen a lot of things haven’t we’. I pondered for a moment and agreed as a couple of ‘godwits’ scuttled out of danger. Arriving only days before in late September, three godwits have joined the annual spring migration of people and whitebait to Big Bay. Rather unassuming for nature negative folk, these extraordinary birds for some reason just as extraordinary, choose New Zealand to have lunch after a 12,000 kilometer non stop journey the full length of the Pacific from the North Slope of Alaska. Godwits are not water birds, so do not feed or land during one of the most significant biological feats documented.
Whitebait Season These two Red Deer Stags Died an Unfortunate Death. Their skeletons found behind the ‘long drop’, antlers well and truly locked together .
Whitebait Season Beginning Early Spring
Fishermen and hut owners busy themselves bundling up supplies and materials ready for whitebait season beginning early spring on New Zealand‘s southern west coast. The occupants of around seven huts or dwellings of various styles, shapes and sizes converge on site with their supplies within a few days of each other to prepare for the on coming season.
Everything arrives by air, including fuel to run the generators, materials for repairs and maintenance on buildings and fishing structures, food and staples and of course sufficient beverage.
A very high rain fall and wild seas on an exposed coastlin...