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Bush Parrot

Nestor  meridionalis

Kaka yodelling and squawking in the tree tops are a feature of Ulva Island, and they are seen often as they swoop at high speed through the tightest of forest or perching in the branches. Their numbers on Ulva have increase dramatically since the rats were removed in the mid ’90’s. They have a significant effect on totara trees, stripping the bark to get at the under lying sap. Totara can obviously cope, and the overall impact with this on the wider environment is quite positive.  I suspect Kaka find life reasonably easy as they spend large amounts of time just “hooning” and playing, rather than constantly searching for food, as do many of the smaller species.

Size 450 mm



Stripping the fronds from a tree fern for the stalks inner pith




Kaka are pretty omnivorous, and with a brush tongue are adapted to nectar feed 




Here taking the female rimu flowers




Grubs living in rotting trees are especially targeted




Appear to mate right through the year … this in late April




Feeding a juvenile. Showing the scarlet under wing .


Kaka Calls

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