The Riverbank Homestay and B&B at Ratty's Landing just five Kilometres from Tutukaka in Northland New Zealand is a nature wonderland.
This Blog is mainly about exploring or discovering the nature around us.
Monday, 18 April 2016
A Morning Meeting
On the 16th April Dayna, an
enthusiastic 13 year old birder and nature lover, arrived at the Matata
Boardwalk in Old Mill Lane, Ngunguru early in the morning with her mother
Wendy to observe Fernbirds.
The boardwalk crosses this estuarine wetland giving
access to the Hugh Crawford bush reserve as well as providing an excellent
viewing platform for the wetland birds.
It was a grey, windy morning and the birds
seemed reluctant to show although we could hear them in many places over the
wetland. Dayna’s camera, always poised for the shot but it did not happen. Some
scampered in the rushes and also up into the saltmarsh ribbonwood for a look at
us but not venturing into the open. We then moved to another site bordering the
wetland where I had often seen the Fernbirds. This time they performed well and
Dayna managed some great shots of an adult bird. We also observed a juvenile,
so young it had not yet grown a tail and I managed to get a blurry shot. There
was much calling, tisking and beak clicking. This was the first time Dayna had
seen a Fernbird. Very exciting. It is encouraging to see younger folk so enthusiastic about and amongst our nature.