Catchup: Isolation and Some Wildlife (current location 41:13.4S 174:01.3E )
It is a beautiful area with many possibilities for anchoring. The Harbour Authority have closed the area for all boating activities, except live aboards. Today it’s raining so the buckets are out for collecting water. We've got to stay self-sufficient!
We sailed round from Nelson on the 19th March
taking the short cut through French Pass, a narrow passage
with currents of up to 8 kts and therefore imperative to get
the tide timings correct.
The slope above is camera angle not tide,
although they do say that you CAN see the slope in the water
when the tide is at full chat. After two more overnight
anchorages (Punt Rails and Ruakaka Bay) we dropped the hook
in Waikawa Bay (the next bay to Picton).
Cold weather clothes as we anchor in the
'Punt Rails' anchorage inside Alligator Head (a strange name
as there are no dangerous species of mammal, insect or reptile
in New Zealand)
Two days later it had become clear we needed to stock up ready for isolation when New Zealand's 4 week virus lockdown came into effect.
During all the preparation for isolation, we
enjoyed an excellent "2 metres apart" lunch with Jeremy and
Sue (Jeremy is my ex-flatmate circa 1971) who has a lovely
hideaway house here in Onahau Bay. We had great fun without
the hugs and kisses!
Blue Hound at Jeremy's:
Below there are a few photos of some wildlife
we've enjoyed in the last few weeks (and some we've eaten).
The albatrosses circle the boat for hours out at sea with
their effortless gliding, and there were many common
dolphins to entertain. The Noddy sat on the solar panel long
enough to be identified. The Sulphur-crested Cockatoos and
the long beaked Corella we saw ashore with Anna. We were
surrounded by millions of large jellyfish in Pittwater,
which were difficult to negotiate in the dinghy. A long
necked turtle gave me a surprise while out walking near Port
Hacking. I thought I
was about to step on elephant dung. Finally the Kawahai is
the biggest fish I have caught to date and in spite Phil's
sceptisim it made excellent eating with texture and taste
similar to a mackerel.
Small squid found on deck. We also found a few flying fish -
these were bigger than we had seen in Atlantic and Pacific (no