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Kukupa (Kereru)

Hemiphaga novaezeelandiae

Pigeons are numerous on Ulva, their distinctive flight sounds proof of their passing. They’ll often be seen perched quietly on a branch, or feeding on fruit or blossom. They often come down onto grass and will graze there. Many of the Stewart island flock will depart the Island for the mainland in late summer early autumn, returning in the spring. Before departure they seem to flock up, and the flocks of sometimes as many as 40 or more birds will fly apparently aimlessly back and forward across the forest. I suspect they are exercising for the flight of 20 or more miles to the mainland… a long flight for such a heavy bird.

Size 510 mm

Pigeon… Kukupa

Pigeon… Kukupa

Pigeon… Kukupa

Pigeon… Kukupa

Pigeon 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