Bell Birds are the songsters of Ulva, and on a good day their various songs almost overwhelm the other species, with the exception of kaka who can be particularly strident. For me they can sometimes be a bit difficult to separate their calls from Tui, as both species are good mimics, both for pitch and message. One song we hear around the village is not heard on Ulva, which makes me think the populations don’t intermingle much.
They are busy feeders as are most small birds, and target insects, nectar and fruit, particularly the Coprosma sp berries. And are the main harvesters of honey dew, buy glucophage, which is their only source of native sugars from March through to August
Size 200 mm
Harvesting Honeydew on Inaka trunk
An introduced fuschia extends the nectar season by around 3 months in autumn
Bellbirds seem to enjoy sunbathing, and generally fluff themselves up and appear almost hypnotised.
But we now produce 100 % of our electrical needs, and are completely "Off Grid", Excess electricity is used to heat our domestic hot water and central heating system and this has cut our non renewable heating fuel usage to around 20% of pre solar.. All cooking is electric, no more LPG. See More .......
Kowhai Lane is also Solar powered,
Kowhai Lane is "Grid Tied" Excess production is used to heat water. Production beyond the house requirements is exported, thus cutting diesel use in the wider grid. At night Kowhai Lane Lodge receives power from the grid.
Like Sails Ashore, all cooking is electric,,,,, No LPG