Spring leaves a calling card
Cantabrians are receiving mixed messages from mother nature on the beginning of spring, with a burst of cold weather set to ruffle some feathers in the region.
Press photographer David Hallett took these photos of two white-fronted terns engaging in a traditional springtime courtship ritual at the Avon-Heathcote Estuary yesterday.
Canterbury Museum senior curator of natural history Paul Scofield said male terns would supply their desired female with a small fish to prove they could care for them. The terns were rarely found outside of New Zealand, although they migrated to Australia for the winter, he said.
Cantabrians will face some wintry conditions of their own, with a cold air flow set to bring plummeting temperatures, sleet, snow and biting southwesterlies to the region during the next two days.
MetService spokesman Dan Corbett said Christchurch residents should prepare for "cold and wintry" conditions today and tomorrow, with sleety showers and snow to 200 metres, morning frosts and cold southwesterly winds. "You'll certainly feel it tomorrow and Wednesday. It will only get up to 7 or 8 [degrees Celsius], and more likely it will feel like freezing conditions."
He said snow was unlikely to reach Christchurch doorsteps, although it was predicted to fall as low as 200m in Canterbury.
"You might see it falling in the sky, but it will be landing across the top of Banks Peninsula and parts of the high country," Corbett said. Christchurch's weather was likely to improve towards the end of the week, although there would still be morning frosts.
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