Its been a bit of a gray weekend but as usual, an exciting one at The Riverbank.
On Saturday just after our breakfast we saw a female Pheasant on our drive. Soon after it walked into the undergrowth and started feeding on coprosma berries.
Today we went around the Waiotoi Track armed with my bush knife and saw to clear any wind blown or overgrown vegetation on the track and we heard the little chirp call. It sounded like a Spotless Crake. When I played a recording from my phone a pair immediately responded. Fantastic. We have not seen or heard them here before. We did not see this pair but there was no mistaking the call.