Sunday, March 30, 2014

Motuora Island

Perfect day for an early crossing to Motuora Island from Sandspit. The sea was like a mill-pond with hardly a breath of wind. We were soon landed and headed up to see the latest imports of Pycroft petrels from Red Mercury Island. We watched these being weighed individually and have their wings measured.

 Then it was time to work in the nursery and later I volunteered for some track clearing. A great day catching up with people and lots of fun. Shame about Sally's shoes, hope she finds another match during beach combing.

Then  headed off to explore the Southern end of the Island for butterflies and insects, always interested to see the pollinators and was rewarded with sightings of a common copper copper and long-tailed blues.  Heaps of whitehead flickering through the mahoe bush.

 Lovely evening up in the hills of the Dome valley and good to meet Fiona and Warwick again. I enjoyed the Thai meal with you Eliane. Hope you catch that stoat before it catches your remaining chicks.