From Westport we headed south on our West Coast trip. The weather was overcast or raining for pretty much the rest of the trip, but at least it was warm. The rain didn’t bother me, except I wanted to take lots of photos and I was worried about my camera.
10 Kilometres from Westport is the Cape Foulwind seal breeding colony. Here I saw a couple of wekas in the car park, but with the rain and all didn’t manage to get a photo. [A weka is a New Zealand native bird.]
Cape Foulwind is easy to get to. There’s a carpark — in fact, there’s a bus park for all the tourist buses, and then a short, easy walk, to various lookout points from which you can view the seals. Breeding season includes January, when we were there, so there were many pups to be seen.
To take photos I’d keep the camera stuffed down inside my rain jacket, whip it out, shading it as best I could from the rain, grab a few photos and hastily stuff it back inside my jacket. Nervousness about the rain didn’t give me the leisure of standing about trying for different angles or fiddling about with settings, and I definitely wasn’t going to try changing lenses. Unfortunately, it was only once I was safely back in Wellington that I thought about possibilities involving plastic bags… Still, I guess that gives me a great excuse to head back to the West Coast before too long.