Storm-tide red-alert days 2020

NIWA have some very useful resources, including information about king tides:

High perigean-spring tides, colloquially known as “king tides”, peak 1–2 days after New or Full Moon when Moon is in its perigee (i.e., when it is closest to the Earth during its 27½ day elliptical circuit around the Earth), but dates of highest tides vary around New Zealand.

In 2020 the Moon’s closest perigee occurs on 8 April* and coincides exactly with a Full Moon, with next closest on 17 October (New Moon). The year’s highest high tides will occur in the two perigean phases of February to April and August to November.

For the year 2020, “red-alert” dates cluster around very high tides (perigean-spring tides) that peak 1–2 days after New or Full Moon when Moon is in its perigee and “carefree” dates cluster around lower high tides after First or Third Quarter when Moon is close to its apogee.

Source: Storm-tide red-alert days 2020 | NIWA.

Download the 2020 calendar for Taranaki (160 KB PDF) or just check the screenshot:

King tides 2020.

Beautiful Waikawa

Charlie Strivens made a video:

of one of my favourite walks at Waikawa Beach, which we imaginatively call Tall Stick walk (you’ll see why in the video). It includes some of the residential area, the bridge, the river, the beach, the dunes, the badlands and the forest.

I took this in the late afternoon on a stunningly gorgeous autumn day, in the middle of the Covid- 19 lockdown. It turned out to be very busy … almost as busy as a mid summers day!!

Included here by permission.

Endangered Mollymawk rescued from Waikawa Beach

On 17 April 2020 Alan Signal found a tired and sick bird on Waikawa Beach.

Alan Signal photo of Mollymawk.
Alan Signal photo of Mollymawk. Used with permission.

It was later identified as a Mollymawk, perhaps a juvenile, and a critically endangered species.

Alan passed the bird to Hayden James of the Lower Hutt Kereru Rescue. Hayden reported:

Well that’s another first!

Picked up a Mollymawk last night, it had been found on a beach looking very unwell.

These birds are critically endangered so it’s really rare to see one of these at sea let alone on land. It was immediately collected and brought straight to the Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust where it will be carefully cared for and nursed back to health.

It was certainly a privilege to be able to be in the presence of such an amazing bird. A big thank you to the resident who found it and contacted us immediately for the safe collection and transportation of this bird.

And of course a huge thank you to the Wellington Bird Rehabilitation Trust team for taking it in and caring for it.

Lower Hutt Kereru Rescue Mollymawk.
Lower Hutt Kereru Rescue: Mollymawk.
Lower Hutt Kereru Rescue Mollymawk in a cage.
Lower Hutt Kereru Rescue: Mollymawk in a cage.