|Catherine, Jim and Rosie at Start of Kepler Track
|Fungus Along the Way
|Fledgling Kakariki on Ulva. Photo Jim Millar
|Red-fronted kakariki at nest on Ulva. Photo: Jim Millar
We also visited Ulva Island for the day and were rewarded by the abundant birdlife - and fungi again. Jim had a good telephoto lens and took some great photos of the birdlife on the island. In particular he took some excellent shots of kakariki nesting, one of a fledgling at the entrance to the nest hole and others of a pair (one red fronted and one yellow fronted Kakariki), tending the same nest !
For our last outing we took the water taxi up to Freshwater Creek at the head of Patterson Inlet and walked across to Mason Bay and back again. Once again we were entertained by the colourful fungi along the track and the wives turned out to be very abled and valued 'spotters', especially on the lower part of the track up to Rocky Mountain at the end while we were waiting for the water taxi. We didn't get to see a kiwi but heard them and saw lots of evidence of their presence (footprints, droppings and probing holes) - also, unfortunately, seeing foot prints which could only belong to cats. After leaving Rakiura we made our way back to Queenstown via the Catlins where we we enjoyed seeing the Hector's Dolphins and witnessed a mother Hookers Sealion struggling to save a mortally injured pup. She lost the battle. Sad; something that happens all the time in nature. Retirement is proving to be great fun.
|More Fungi on the Rakiura
|Yet More Fungi near Freshwater Creek.- Entoloma
|Kepler Track on Last Day