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

Tuesday, 9 October 2018

Beautiful Crane Fly

Found this fellow on the boatshed door.
We have not been able to name it yet even though we often see them.

Friday, 14 September 2018


I so wish I could post the beautiful sweet Mingimingi perfume along with the photo. It is all down our roadside.

Thursday, 6 September 2018


Here is our first ever pineapple grown at The Riverbank. We now have Pineapple, Taro (Dalo), Banana, Tropical Apricot. Getting tropical in the North.

Thursday, 23 August 2018

Fungi are Fun

Fungi come in a myriad of shapes, sizes, textures and colours.
This one is on our section by the bush on a twig.

Wednesday, 22 August 2018

Wood Ear Fungi

Wood Ear Fungi (Auricularia cornea) in the Hugh Crawford DOC Reserve, Ngunguru. I like the way I can see clouds and a blue sky on the shiny surface.