Saturday, 28 May 2022

Orchid Time in The Hugh Crawford DOC Reserve

 These little native orchids are abundant in the Hugh Crawford DOC Reserve at the moment as are many other varieties. Easily accessable from our wetland boardwalk at Old Mill Lane, Ngururu.The orchids are Acianthus-sinclairii. Follow the link.









Monday, 21 March 2022

Night Time Adventures

 We took our friend Annette for a night time walk aremed with lamps to see what is at home at night in our lane. We found several Weta, including this lady, a Forest Gecko and these Green Crane Fly. We also discovered that spiders eyes glow in the dark.




Sunday, 6 February 2022

Friday, 10 December 2021

Australasian Bittern

 Wonderful! An Australasian Bittern has visited our wetland again. We have not seen one since march this year. They are so deliberate and stealthful.



Saturday, 27 November 2021

Mātātā in our wetland at Old Mill Ln, Ngunguru

 We have so many Mātātā that have made our wetland their home.

They are heard over all the wetland and with a little patience, easily photographed.





Tuesday, 9 November 2021

Piwakawaka Nest

 The two Piwakawaka chicks have fledged. This nest was near our deck so we were able to see the chicks being fed in the Kanuka after fledging. 

We love the detail these birds go to to make a tight, little and lasting nest like this one. There is moss, lichen, grass and other stiff fibres then spider web binding it all tight together.


 




Saturday, 30 October 2021

Also off our deck - Piwakawaka feeding their chicks

 We can watch these busy little fellows all day. They are a delight.
















New Zealand Giant Centipede

 Melva noticed this beautiful fellow climbing down a kanuka by our deck. It then proceeded to force itself into a Weta hole to eat thye Weta. It managed to get most of its body in. This centipede is about 25cm long.

Weta remains

About to enter the Weta hole



Well inside the Weta hole