Sunday, 31 December 2017

The Hugh Crawford Reserve Cascades Track

Today we defined a track to the cascades in the Hugh Crawford DoC Reserve.
The junction for this hike is marked on the Pink Trail with two pink and one green tapes around a small tree on the left just before one would start heading up the hill on the pink trail. This hike from our Old Mill Lane Boardwalk takes about one hour - not allowing for sight seeing. At the end is a set of small cascades with a beautiful rocky bathing pool. On the return you could also pick up the remainder of the pink trail and complete the loop back to Old Mill Lane.
This is a beautiful bush walk that follows a wetland and stream to this set of cascading waterfalls.
Listen carefully and you may hear or see Matata, Miromiro and Matuku. You might even see Ruru in the tree ferns. Follow the link below.
https://drive.google.com/open?id=12qlJH9EIXvYOGwStMwRQz3a3vNaQNOqx

 

Saturday, 23 December 2017

Another Fascinating Banded Rail and a Matata Video


Watch the second crabby parent as it runs into the chick then berates it for being in the way. The chick then emerges and pecks for food across the mud. The very high pitched call is the Rail chick. Other calls are Matata. (Fernbird)
Watch on Youtube -  https://youtu.be/olF3tmf2NDc

Also here is todays Matata video from our wetland.

Saturday, 16 December 2017

Nice to Know They Are There

Nice to Know They Are There in our wetland.
On the 14th December the camera caught a Banded Rail Chick. On the 15th it videoed a Banded Rail and juvenile and another Rail shot on the 16th.

Friday, 1 December 2017

Hugh Crawford Wetland Walk

Today we went for an exploratory walk through pat of the wetland near our home looking for Bittern. It is in the Hugh Crawford Reserve. It is a wonderful, pristine wilderness wetland. We say an Australasian Harrier and heard Spotless Crake very near to us. There were fish swimming in the crystal clear water.
Australasian Harrier


Australasian Harrier


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