Topic: Fauna - Twin Creeks
This includes some of the White Cliffs bush (Parininihi) and the Top Paddock as well as all of the beach proper. The two streams that give Twin Creeks its name are: the Waikorora Stream – (the southern creek) and Tamerenui Stream – (the northern creek).
Travelling down to Twin Creeks, the usual sheep and cattle were present as were some yellowhammers. There was what appeared to be a permanent beached log area where the northern creek emptied onto the beach. Logs were also present where the southern creek emptied onto the beach, but they were fewer in number and appeared to be more transitory.
Aside from these rest homes for logs, the things that really caught my eye were a number of dark tree trunks that protruded from the sand. It was as if an artist had plonked them for stark effect. These tree remains were different from the bleached logs beached up at either creek end. I later discovered that they were the fossilized remains of an ancient forest that had thrived here when the sea level was lower.
CLIFF SEQUENCING. After it being wet earlier, the sun now made an appearance. Down at Twin Creeks, I parked up above one of the fast flowing creeks and moaned at the state of Cecilia, my red Toyota Corolla car. She was all splooshed up with festering mud and cattle shit. Down where the northern creek spilled out onto the beach, the flotilla of logs testified to the ferocity of the water. Unfortunately, I didn’t photograph it!
The land here was low enough to give good access to the beach, unlike most other places where high cliffs predominate. The paddocks looked unusually lush due to all the rain we have been getting recently. Usually the grass is gasping at this time of the year.
The swift moving northern creek merged with its southern twin between the arched rock (northern side of the beach) and the Middle Rock. A couple of logs were jammed into the forming hole. Also, a milky brown stream oozed across part of the beach from a collapsed bank that was slowly melting under the onslaught of water.
When I returned to Twin Creeks after photographing White Cliffs, I heard a bellbird give out an alarm call.
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SUPER-STORM EVENT. Super-Storm Three. With the road being washed out, I had to trudge down to Twin Creeks on foot. Upon arrival, I could see that the road here was clearly in danger of collapsing into the northern stream. Also, a largish clump of bank on the opposite side had already splooshed into the stream. Wood debris, vegetation and mounds of mud were scattered all over the place.
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Down on the beach, the beach level seemed quite low as a lot of ancient tree remnants were exposed. One of the fossil trees had green algae on it. Later, I walked along the track that led to the stock tunnel. However, I only wanted to go up to the Top Paddock. Walking along, the bush was mostly silent, apart from a singing blackbird and the odd fantail. Some Welcome swallows (Hirundo neoxena), were also present. Up at the Top Paddock, I photographed a bent over puriri tree that was growing out of the cliff at an odd angle. Below it, a ewe and her lamb were in the shade, seeking respite from the heat.
Back down at Twin Creeks, I tried to get a good image of the backlit reeds that were on the hillside across the northern creek, but couldn’t. I settled instead for photographing the beached logs that were sunning themselves where the northern creek enters the beach.
I also saw a green cicada on the beach and it was still alive.
I particularly wanted to photograph Twin Creeks under storm conditions. Upon arrival, the surf was boiling and a lot of salt foam was backed up against the northern creek, along with loads of tossed up logs.
I photographed the usual jumble of resident logs that reside at the northern creek’s beach boundary. Down near the wave-line, a fossil tree played host to some small mussels. I also saw more of that canvas strapping that I had come across on Beach One on the 12th September and Beach Two on the 27th September.
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While down at Twin Creeks primarily to document the Middle Rock, I photographed the debris fields at both the southern and northern creek exit points.
Once again I visited Twin Creeks to record the changes that were occurring to the Middle Rock. In one of the photos, toi toi is present. I also photographed the northern creek’s resident logs.
With the digital camera, I climbed part way up a hill that overlooked Twin Creeks. This was so that I could photograph a mob of sheep as they passed by. Shortly afterwards I took a standard photo with my film camera of the northern driftwood debris site. This is to record any changes over time.
Nearby, I noticed a child’s hat, jacket and cardigan that had inadvertently been left behind. They were obviously above the current high tide mark; otherwise they would have washed away before my arrival.
Upon arrival at Twin Creeks, I spotted two black-backed gulls strolling along the beach close to the wave-line. The usual lazy bunch of northern logs was present. There was also the odd ancient tree trunk jutting out of the sand.
This is a continuation of my recording the evolution of the northern driftwood site, as well as other things.
The panoramic photo shows the inner bay of Twin Creeks and how the northern driftwood site relates to it. Aside from noting the changes to the Middle Rock, I saw the odd black-backed gull flying around.
Down at Twin Creeks, both streams were running high. There was the usual festival of driftwood, particularly at the northern end, but the logs appeared to have been joined by more festive goers. This photo also clearly shows the ‘fault line’ where the land is slipping away, taking its vegetation with it.