|Kereru Stripping Kowhai Buds
|Bush Robin on Tihia Track
Further afield, as on Tihia, Urchin or Rotopounamu other species are present as well. Near the top of Tihia I often see fernbirds and on the way down the track, kaka and kakariki and longtailed cuckoos are often heard and seen in addition to the species seen at Pukawa. In an earlier blog I mentioned hearing a kiwi calling in the middle of the day on Urchin. Despite the success of the Pukawa Wildlife Management Trust in reducing the vermin in the area and increasing the birdlife, I still think the smaller birdlife in the area are in a precarious state.
It is about forty years since weka have been seen in the area and although the occasional kiwi is thought to have been heard, their presence is dubious. People still bring their dogs to Pukawa and let them run loose and they still dump their unwanted (and un-neutered) cats in the area. Yes, the worst problem is man.
|Fern Bird on Tihia
Lets hope our clever (?) brains eventually devise a way to permanently reduce or eliminate the vermin responsible for this state of affairs. In the meantime we mustn't take our foot of the pedal.