About 40 minutes drive South of Napier are the Pekapeka Wetlands. Until fairly recently it was like driving past an area of inexplicably dead trees sticking out of a wilderness at the side of the main State Highway south. Now it is a splendid area which has been transformed into an oasis of floral diversity consistent with the original wetlands area which encourages wildlife. Paths, viewing areas and boardwalks give easy access to the wetlands.
I went there yesterday for a very quick visit whilst trying to get more photos of the arid landscape in
I have chosen this view because I could see over the railway line that bisects the site into an area where there were many birds. At this distance they cannot be seen on the photo at a focal length of 4.8mm.
If, however, I increase the focal length of the lens to 15.6mm I can see rather more detail but less total area:
If I further increase the focal length to 144mm then we can see that there is plenty of wildlife on the water. There are Paradise Ducks and (I think they are) Grey Teal.
A further enlargement of the above picture shows some interesting, if less clear, detail: