Mt Hobson (Hirakimata) on Great Barrier Island at 621m, is home to the largest breeding colony of black petrel (Taiko) Procellaria parkinsoni.
The geologically and ecologically captivating slopes of Mt Hobson comprise semi-mature forest with remnants of ancient and precious conifer forest. The woodland assemblage combines endemics such as totara, rimu, kirks pine, and kauri. Diurnally the mountain is audibly dominated by the prehistoric raucous call of kaka, coupled with contrasting melodic tones of the grey warbler.
As dusk turns to night the summit of Mt Hobson […] Read the whole article here >>