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Brown Creeper


Finnschia novaezeelandiae

Flocks of Brown Creepers are regularly seen as they move throughout the Ulva Forest from forest floor up to the canopy tops. Usually in noisy family groups we also do see singles. Predominantly insect feeders they work the leaves and trunks of most species, and will also take fruit during the autumn coprosma season. I’ve seen them feeding on the forest floor on occasions, although this seems to be rare. They often flock with Yellowhead, and also parakeets are often seen feeding close by. Fantails are also oportunistic feeders with a flock, picking up flying insects the others disturb.

Size 130 mm

Brown Creeper

Brown Creeper

Both sexes more or less the same colouration, males slightly larger

Brown Creeper

Foraging in the moss on a tree trunk

Babies are always hungry

Just fledged an hour or so previous

Brown Creeper Song

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