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Island Oddities

Island Oddities

Island Road Tours We regularly take our guests on a two hour scenic road tour.  We explain “The Islands Story” as we visit the bays and lookouts, The history is always interesting of course, but for many of our guests life in a small island community is...
Moths and Fantails

Moths and Fantails

Moths and Things Summer is moth time of year and growing up on my parents farm certainly reinforced that. Leave an inside light on and a window open and you could be assured of returning to find the room inches deep in dying Porina Moths and literally shovels full of...
The Outside World

The Outside World

Aircraft Aircraft are part of the Islands life, we see  Stewart Island Flights Britten Norman Islanders and Piper Cherokees as often as hourly as they ferry locals and visitors on and off the Island. And occasionally something a bit more exotic will make an...
What My Camera Sees

What My Camera Sees

What My Camera Sees I carry my camera with me when I’m guiding on Ulva Island, and many of the photos I take end up on the DVD we give our guests, either on the video itself, or in the large library of photos that is included.  Quite apart from the DVD the...
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...
Is it Summer ??

Is it Summer ??

Is it Summer ?? Just so we remember The last several summers have been remarkably settled … last summer I never got wet while guiding on Ulva, and I had only had to lift the inflatable onto the davits a couple of times due to high wind. This year has been a...