Saturday, 29 October 2016

Tiritiri Matanga Island

The Lighthouse & Bunkroom
The vegetation is back!
Brown Teal

This is a nest of Variable Oystercatcher,
fenced off for protection.
The sitting bird.

Time for a change.

New Zealand Dotterel
This pair were nesting on the beach.
The habitat for Takahe.

Brought back from the brink of extinction.

Purple Swamphen for comparison.

Red crowned Parakeet

Sacred Kingfisher

Male Stitchbird

At a feeder. Feeders have been one of the things
 which has saved this bird from extinction.

New Zealand Bellbird



This is one of New Zealand's great conservation success stories. Tiritiri Matangi Island is both a scientific reserve & a wildlife sanctuary. Centuries of occupation cleared most of the indigenous vegetation from the island & consequently the wildlife suffered accordingly. Over the last thirty years replanting of indigenous vegetation has continued apace & wildlife has flourished. The habit today is similar to what it originally was & several species close to extinction have been re-introduced with great success.

Evening light, looking towards the mainland.

It is in there somewhere!

Spent around three hours in the dark looking for Little Spotted Kiwi. Eventually found it, but it was very tough to see.

To be continued.

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