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


Saturday, 25 November 2017

Friday, 24 November 2017

Californian Quail Chicks in our garden and Tui Dawn Chorus

Californian Quail Chicks in our garden, Life is tough for these little fellows. They struggle through the tall grass wilderness but manage to survive in a predator free area like ours but a days rain will wipe them out.They just love the sun and to sunbathe. Watch the video.

Our Tui Dawn chorus is taking over. We can ear them all over the valley.

Thursday, 23 November 2017

Matata in our garden

This Matata has nested in our garden. They do not like us near and let us know that with agitated calling and clicking. They are just going to have to learn to live with us. There are so many in our wetland it seems they have started to move out. We have had them in the garden and about the house for the last couple of years.

Monday, 13 November 2017

Grey Warblers nest

The chicks have fledged. It is a real work of art with its little shade over the entrance

Saturday, 11 November 2017

Tuesday, 31 October 2017

Riroriro - There is always something interesting happening at The Riverbank.

Riroriro (Grey Warbler) have nested. The two in the slow motion video are quite stressed as we are too close to the nest which, although it can't be seen, is near the top left of the screen.
I recorded the sound later and added it to the video.

Tuesday, 12 September 2017

Kiwi Keep Visiting

Kiwi Keep Visiting this burrow. This time both female and male. This seems to be a weekly occurrence.
View on YouTube at

Saturday, 2 September 2017

Our darling Matata (Fernbirds)

 Here is a video of our Matata. There isn't much action to see tut there is lots of beak chattering and calling. This is taken from our wetland boardwalk.

Also every week we download videos from our camera in the bush. Every week we see kiwi. The following video has a male first then a female visiting the burrow.

Saturday, 19 August 2017

I love the symmetry and randomness of nature. Here an emerging fern frond displays its exactness while a nearby Towai trunk has white, orange and black lichen randomly growing on it.

Monday, 14 August 2017


It is Orchid time of the year in the Hugh Crawford Reserve.. Here is  Spider Orchid - Corybas trilobus. There are many other native orchids in the Hugh Crawford Reserve.

Saturday, 12 August 2017

Kiwi at Old Mill Ln

Every week we download videos from our camera in the bush. Every week we see kiwi. View on YouTube

Saturday, 5 August 2017

Grey Faced Petrels at Taurawhata on the Tutukaka Coast

Today's video download at the Grey Faced Petrel colony at Taurawhata on the Tutukaka Coast showed a pair changeover at the burrow being monitored by trail camera.
Follow the link below.
This really is a beautiful spot.

Friday, 2 June 2017