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Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Stewart Island Scenic Flight

Yes, Its Summer Now Stewart Island Scenic Flight At the end of January I posted about our lack of a summer. But am now pleased to say Summer has arrived, and the last couple of weeks have been glorious. So much so that today Iris & I decided to shout our selves...
Invertebrates and Bumble Bees

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees

Invertebrates and Bumble Bees An odd combination in this post. New Zealand Land snails are nationally a threatened group of species, and although Bumble Bees are quite common in New Zealand, some species in the United Kingdom are also threatened, to the point that...
Fiordland Crested Penguins

Fiordland Crested Penguins

Fiordland Crested Penguins A Relatively New Arrival Way back in 1969 as Forest Ranger here I spent a couple of weeks aboard the Otago Universities Marine Research Vessel “Munida” down in Port Pegasus. There were a variety of disciplines on the expedition,...
Yellowheads & Yellow Crowned Parakeet

Yellowheads & Yellow Crowned Parakeet

Yellow Heads (Mohua) and Yellow Crowned Parakeet Behavior. At first glance all these two quite different species have in common is the colour yellow, in both cases on the head. But observation shows something else that they share with no other bird species on Ulva....
Learning on the Job

Learning on the Job

Learning on the Job My tours on Ulva often become a learning experience for my guests as I try to explain just what it is that is happening on the Island in the wider New Zealand context. And for me I’m always learning on the job, as I observe the behavior of...