But occasionally there’s the distinctive, slow beat of military helicopters — never just one. Today 3 flew over in their usual formation: two close together in the front and one on its own at the rear and a little distance away.
As they came into town I grabbed my cellphone and got a quick shot before they went behind the hill. Then I realised they’d probably leave much the same way they arrived and located my DSLR with zoom lens to be ready.
In fact, they headed out to Cook Strait and across to the airport, but I did hear them and was able to take a few more shots. I rather like the close up I have above, with all three of them facing the camera, one in ‘stealth mode’, almost obscured behind the neighbour’s tikouka (cabbage tree). Click the images for larger versions, or see the album of 5 photos.
Update: it was part of a training exercise:
The 10.00am sailing of the Interislander ferry from Picton to Wellington on Friday 16 May set the scene for a combined police Special Tactics Group (STG) and RNZAF Number 3 Squadron counter-terrorism training exercise.
The routine training, involving fast rope rappelling, saw members of the police STG rappel from an RNZAF Iroquois onto the deck of the Aratere Interislander ferry as it made its way across Cook Strait.