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Kiwi In Sails Ashore Garden

Kiwi In Sails Ashore Garden

Kiwi in Sails Ashore Garden We quite regularly hear Kiwi at night from Sails Ashore, but the last few nights has really been exceptional, with a male calling several times during the night, and sounding much closer than usual. It all got too much for Iris a couple of...
Indian Summer and Garden

Indian Summer and Garden

Indian Summer These last few days have been stunning, not a breath of wind and wall to wall sunshine. It’s mid afternoon and looking at our met station the outside temp is 14.6 deg, and wind 3 knots from the NNE. There is a little high cloud, but it’s no...
Kiwi Summer

Kiwi Summer

The Summer of the Kiwi This past summer has truly been one for Kiwi sightings, both on Ulva Island and around the village. I liberated some of the first kiwi to be let lose on Ulva Island back when I was ranger in ’69/70, but never really saw them there again...
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,...