Wildlifing Update: New Zealand- Stewart Island

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Subject: Wildlifing Update: New Zealand- Stewart Island
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Mon, 09 Jan 2006 20:48:39 +1100
Hello all,

Latest New Zealand updates to my website ( are up. They cover my time on Stewart Island and Ulva Island (to the south of the South Island). On Mason Bay I went on a guided walk to Mason Bay on the western side of Stewart Island, with Ruggedy Range Adventure Tours. Here we saw a couple of Southern Tokoeka (Kiwi) after a few hours of spotlighting (no photos). The adult bird (if thats the right word) was much bigger than the Little Spotted Kiwi that I had earlier seen on Kapiti Island. Their bill is quite long, hence the maori name "tokoeka", which translates as Weka with a Walking Stick! I also went on a spotlighting trip at Ocean Beach with Bravo Advennture Cruises and saw tokoeka here also.

While spotlighting at Mason Bay we had a mystery sound fly overhead which sounded a bit like recordings I've heard of winnowing snipe (winnowing being the noise that tail feathers make when snipe are in courtship flights). It was a quite unnatural eerie sound. This by the way is pretty unlikely- the Stewart Island Snipe being supposedly extinct.

I also took a water taxi over to Ulva Island, a small offshore island that has been de-mammaled (my word). Bird life was abundant here including Yellowhead, SI Saddleback, Brown Creeper, Robin, Kaka, Stewart Island Weka, Kakariki (Red-crowned and Yellow-crowned- inc. a nest). A definite must if you are visiting Stewart Island.



Michael Todd Wildlifing Images & Sounds of Nature
Latest Additions: New Zealand (Kaikoura, Arthurs Pass, Otago Peninsula)
Toronto, NSW, Australia 04101 23715

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