Sunday, 30 August 2015

Kiwi. There is always a new discovery at The Riverbank

A friend spotted a newly dug hole in the Hugh Crawford Reserve. We returned with our Trail Camera and caught the following. Kiwi is having a thorough investigation of the hole. Sadly in the camera was moved so missed the hole which is on the far right. The camera will be put back for further investigation. We have been hearing male and female calling frequently.


A few weeks ago while crashing through the Hugh Crawford Reserve I came across this cordyline. It is one of the largest I have found in the area. I took this photo with my phone. Whatever I do it will not stand upright. Sorry about that.

Sunday, 23 August 2015

Everything is not all the same

Kumerahou buds
After checking baits and traps this morning we walked through the Hugh Crawford reserve to check our trail camera that we installed last week after a friend spotted a hole and tunnel in the ground that had been freshly worked. We now have three videos of a kiwi. Not downloaded yet. We will leave the camera a while longer to see what happens. Fantastic. We have been hearing Kiwi call most nights through July and August.

Yes, definitely everything is not all the same. On our walk we noted that clematis, kowhai, mingimingi and alseuosmia are all blooming. The alseuosmia, some with pink flowers but most with green or white, are going crazy. It is the best bloom we have seen. Looking forward to a technology catch-up when I can blog its wonderful perfume that is saturating the bush. . Mairahou and kumerahou are budding up well too. Manuka has been flowering for a while in preperation for it's maximum bloom in November. Even mamaku looks happy with its koru. It will soon be summer.
I have said all this before in other years but every year is different. I do recommend a stroll through the Hugh Crawford right now just to smell the alseuosmia. If you don't know what to look for call in and ask. We will show you.

Mamaku koru

Saturday, 15 August 2015

Bittern! Exciting

Here is an Australasian Bittern our trail camera caught right beside our wetland boardwalk. Very exciting.

Sunday, 9 August 2015


Come on bananas! We had five bunches of bananas start forming in late summer. Now we have to wait through this cold winter for of them to fully mature before they can be cut. Still... looking good though.we like bananas? Yes!

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Two Weeks - Five Videos on our Trail Camera

Surprise, surprise! We have four Pateke chicks withe their parents in our wetland. We have not seen them but our camera has.

The Fifth video was of Matuku-Moana  (White Faced Heron).