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Black Backed Gull    (Dominican Gull)


Larus dominicanus

Black Backed Gulls  are very common and seen on most beaches. They are a serious scavenger and as well will follow fish boats for offal. They also prey heavily on any ducklings, both mallard/grey and paradise that they come across.

There is quite a large colony off Ulva Island

Size 600 mm


Black Backed Gull



Black Backed Gull



Black Backed Gull



Black Backed Gull



Juvenile Black Backed Gull


Black Backed Gull Call

Stewart Island Electricity is generated using diesel fuel

Sails Ashore is Solar Powered

 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



Sails Ashore, Kowhai Lane & Sails Tours

11 View Street,
Stewart Island, 9846

+64 3 219 1151
Email: tait@sailsashore.co.nz
Web: www.sailsashore.co.nz