Thank you all so much for your support, comments and purchases while I was away. It was a hectic month building up to our vacation on Steward Island. What a magnificent piece of paradise… Heaven for anyone who loves nature, birds, walking, hiking, fishing or just chilling out… The Island is beautiful, the people are fantastic, the bird-life is breath taking, the tracks are well maintained and exceptional to walk. I walked approximately 9km each day and was rewarded on each trip, and feel humbled to have seen some of our rare and endangered birds, not to mention getting fit at the same time. I wanted to experience the whole Island, our time was not long enough, so I guess we will have to go back.
I have volunteered my time to DOC (Department of Conservation), they need help and do not have much funding. It is time to give back, to save some of our special feathered friends for future generations. Trying to keep the Island predator free to save the fragile endangered birds is an on going full time job. I will be giving a few weeks of my time in 2013 to help out. Feel free to join me, they need all the help they can get.
I look forward to catching up with all of you on RB, seeing your lovely work and sharing my Images of Steward Island and “Tranquillity” I have thousands of photos and videos to go through…
Stewart Island offers some of the best land and sea birding in New Zealand. Ulva Island is a jewel in the crown offering a predator-free environment for rare and endangered birds. Stewart Island is one of the largest naturally forested islands remaining anywhere…a primeval wilderness of of podocarp rainforests, freshwater wetlands, dune lands and granite mountains, surrounded by 170 smaller islands and rocky islets. 400 people live on the island, in and around Oban in Halfmoon Bay. 80% of the island is protected. The island has remained free of many introduced animal pests. The department of conservation is very active in there battle to keep the island predator free. Predation by possums, rats and cats has nevertheless affected bird-life. In recent years pest control on the islands has resulted in habitat recovery, increased bird numbers and enabled the reintroduction of several species.
Sneak Preview Steward Island