Wednesday, 25 April 2018

Praying Mantis Eats Wasp

This South African Praying Mantis is eating a live imported wasp on our balcony. Not fond of either of these insects. The wasps destroy our Monarchs and the Praying Mantis eats everything including our native Praying Mantis.

Saturday, 7 April 2018

Hugh Crawford Reserve Kiwi

Every Saturday we visit our camera at this burrow and almost every week Kiwi makes our day with a visit..
This time kiwi enters the burrow, exits then does a bit of preening before going off foraging for grubs.

Saturday, 10 March 2018

Australasian Bittern

We had a lovely long visit from the Bittern on the 5th March. This video was recorded by trail camera off our boardwalk.

Sunday, 4 March 2018

Never Ending Happenings at The Riverbank

Here we have an avalanche of Pukeko into the wetland pond.

And what is this rat doing! Fortyseven trips across the pond in three and a quarter hours carrying dry pampas for nest building, I assume.
These Banded Rail Chicks are old enough to fend for themselves.

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

Saturday, 3 February 2018

Taro From Our Garden

Taro From Our Garden.
Rel nice and tender to eat. At last we don't have to go to Nasasobu to get good Dalo.

Sunday, 21 January 2018

Every live thing gets its photo taken

Here we have a Solver Orb Web Spider. It was making its home by the wall of the house before being removed to the bush where it should be. Quite lovely.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

Four Banded Rail Chicks in our Wetland

Four Banded Rail Chicks in our Wetland. Look closely to the right near the rushes for the fourth chicks brief view. This is taken near our Old Mill Ln boardwalk. We have previously only seen one at a time.

Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Hugh Crawford Reserve Cascades Track

Today we defined a track to the cascades in the Hugh Crawford DoC Reserve.
The junction for this hike is marked on the Pink Trail with two pink and one green tapes around a small tree on the left just before one would start heading up the hill on the pink trail. This hike from our Old Mill Lane Boardwalk takes about one hour - not allowing for sight seeing. At the end is a set of small cascades with a beautiful rocky bathing pool. On the return you could also pick up the remainder of the pink trail and complete the loop back to Old Mill Lane.
This is a beautiful bush walk that follows a wetland and stream to this set of cascading waterfalls.
Listen carefully and you may hear or see Matata, Miromiro and Matuku. You might even see Ruru in the tree ferns. Follow the link below.


Saturday, 23 December 2017

Another Fascinating Banded Rail and a Matata Video

Watch the second crabby parent as it runs into the chick then berates it for being in the way. The chick then emerges and pecks for food across the mud. The very high pitched call is the Rail chick. Other calls are Matata. (Fernbird)
Watch on Youtube -

Also here is todays Matata video from our wetland.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Nice to Know They Are There

Nice to Know They Are There in our wetland.
On the 14th December the camera caught a Banded Rail Chick. On the 15th it videoed a Banded Rail and juvenile and another Rail shot on the 16th.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Hugh Crawford Wetland Walk

Today we went for an exploratory walk through pat of the wetland near our home looking for Bittern. It is in the Hugh Crawford Reserve. It is a wonderful, pristine wilderness wetland. We say an Australasian Harrier and heard Spotless Crake very near to us. There were fish swimming in the crystal clear water.
Australasian Harrier

Australasian Harrier


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Friday, 24 November 2017

Californian Quail Chicks in our garden and Tui Dawn Chorus

Californian Quail Chicks in our garden, Life is tough for these little fellows. They struggle through the tall grass wilderness but manage to survive in a predator free area like ours but a days rain will wipe them out.They just love the sun and to sunbathe. Watch the video.

Our Tui Dawn chorus is taking over. We can ear them all over the valley.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Matata in our garden

This Matata has nested in our garden. They do not like us near and let us know that with agitated calling and clicking. They are just going to have to learn to live with us. There are so many in our wetland it seems they have started to move out. We have had them in the garden and about the house for the last couple of years.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Grey Warblers nest

The chicks have fledged. It is a real work of art with its little shade over the entrance

Saturday, 11 November 2017