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Winter Snow

Winter Snow

Winter Blast I doubt very many New Zealanders were unaware of the winter storms which boomed up from the Southern Ocean these last few days. We didn’t escape, although not nearly so “snowy” as further north. Not unusual at all as although unpleasant...
Mid Winter Musings

Mid Winter Musings

Winter Musings The Vanishing Ring Eyes These small birds have a variety of names, all of them describing the prominent eye ring, So Wax Eyes, Silver Eyes, Ring Eyes, depending I suppose on  your own preference. An Australian “import” first described in...
Winter

Winter

Winter is our quiet time, with very few guests. So not may trips to Ulva. And of course the forest is “shut down” for the winter.
But as compensation this is Fungi Time.

Weather Reflections

Weather Reflections

Weather …. Reflections A recent news item mentioned how low soil moisture levels were this year in the South Island, and it got me thinking about the last 2 summers here. And that led to a new section on our weather page historical data tab As yet I...
Kiwi in the Village

Kiwi in the Village

Evening Kiwi SightingAll this season we’ve been showing our guests where they might see a kiwi in the evening, and a post in February had a short video taken by a guest.And on Monday evening guests at Kowhai Lane saw one. So Iris & I decided we would go and...
Te Araroa Trail

Te Araroa Trail

Te Araroa Trail  …… The Long PathwayWe recently hosted a Canadian couple, and I was intrigued to discover they had just completed the South Island section of the Te Araroa TrailNow I was aware of this “North Cape to Bluff” hiking trail, but...
Rimu Mast Year

Rimu Mast Year

Rimu Mast on Stewart Island. Mast seeding is defined as the highly variable production of fruit by a population.

Kaka Baby

Kaka Baby

Kaka Orphan Re-United with Mum Kaka are pretty much everywhere we go, both around the village and on our Ulva tours. And always a favorite with our guests. A couple of days ago we found a very young bird a bit off the path just as we were leaving Ulva. Obviously a...
White Heron and Royal Spoon Bills

White Heron and Royal Spoon Bills

White Heron and Royal Spoonbills A couple of days ago I took some friends up Paterson Inlet, and called into Prices Inlet to show them the old Whalers Shipyards. And was very surprised to see a flock of Royal Spoon Bills on the small islet just off the base. Probably...