Sunday, October 14, 2012

Orokonui Ecosanctuary

We had a surprise ending to the weekend: after severe weather (rain and wind) warnings for Saturday and Sunday, the sun finally came out!


Today's adventure brought me to a nearby nature reserve.  It was a wee bit windy at Orokonui Ecosanctuary, but in the protection of the forest it wasn't a bother.  The nature reserve is home to all sorts of birds: kiwi, takahe, and saddleback.  I saw tui, fantail and bellbirds.  Here's a video of some kaka:

video

Not sure what we were hearing here, among the gum trees:


video


Speaking of the gum trees, one of them, not far from where I took this video, is supposedly New Zealand's tallest tree.  Cool, huh?

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