Thursday, 3 December 2020

White Faced Heron and Banded Rail

 Our wetland at Old Mill Lane is a wonderful place to view our wetland birds. Here is White faced Heron and Banded Rail - Always in a hurry to somewhere.

Forest Gecko

We found this lovely little Forest Gecko on our path. It was really windy so we think it was shaken out of the kanuka nearby.

Thursday, 22 October 2020

Cave Weta

 Cave Weta. We see these little fellows often at our place. This males body is about 15mm long. Very docile fellow. Its a real good jumper with those powerful legs.

Monday, 5 October 2020

Black Shag (Great Cormarant) in our wetland

 On Occasion our wetland stream is visited by this Black Shag, Today I managed to sneak close enough for some shots.

Tuesday, 8 September 2020

Wednesday, 27 May 2020


Our lounge at the moment with about 10 Monarch Chrysalis under way. We take the caterpillars inside to protect them from the wasps and South African Preying Mantis until they can fly away. This one emerged today.

Friday, 20 December 2019

Nursery Web Spider

You have to love this lady. She is so very protective of her eggs that when I touch her she does not move away. There is a large egg ball aout one centimetre in diameter inside the web below her. She will stay there every day until the young leave the nest.

Saturday, 30 November 2019

Spotless Crake Chicks in Our Wetland

We have an addition to our wetland population by two Spotless Crake chicks.

Wonderful to see them so small running about after the parents.

Saturday, 19 October 2019

Tuesday, 14 May 2019


So cool to see Matuku in our wetland last week. Caught on camera trap.

Sunday, 5 May 2019

Spotless Crake in our Wetland

10:53am on the 27th April our trail camera caught this Spotless Crake in our wetland right by the boardwalk. Old Mill Ln, Ngunguru. Love these shy little guys.

Thursday, 11 April 2019

Friday, 5 April 2019

Saturday, 19 January 2019

Saturday, 12 January 2019

Spotless Crake Families in our wetland

Exciting news. We have two Spotless Crake families in our wetland.

Piwak Tahi & Rua and their nest (Piwakawaka)

We had a lot of enjoyment as Piwak Tahi and Rua built their nest below our deck. It wa in an easily observed place. Through the hatching period and early chick raising both parents were sitting on the eggs and feeding the chicks until the male, Tahi  disappeared. Then it was all up to Rua. She really worked hard keeping the remaining chick Tama warm and fed. One night and not far from fledging Tama fell out of the nest. We found it alive and below the nest. Put it back and Rua carried on as if nothing had happened. Feeding, feeding and dodging the aggressive Tui. Tama was quite developed and sitting on the edge of the nest waiting for food. A friend managed some great photos. Sadly the next day we found Tama dead in the nest. It is such a hard life for small creatures.

Rua feeding Tama
Rua feeding Tama

Tahi sitting on eggs. The nest is mostly constructed of Alaskan Yellow Cedar shavings from my boat building

A worn out Rua