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Freddy the fearless NZ falcon, and an update on the status of native birds in the West Matukituki Valley

NZ falcon

There are cautionary things to be learnt from being under a bird – things that can come back to haunt us from childhood: I was about four years old when hand-in-hand with my mother, like my hand in hers while my other held a flavoured and much savoured ice cream. All was good I recall,…

End of Summer Snowline Survey | NIWA

Mt Cook and Mt Tasman

New Zealand’s National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research [NIWA] has just carried out and published their annual aerial glacier survey, and for all sorts of reasons apart from their most experienced glaciologist taking part, and the pilot, a very experienced mountaineer, both being old friends and integral to it’s success, there is my own…

Birds call out 1080 silent forest claim – courtesy of Radio NZ

NZ falcon becoming airborne

Forget the emotional 1080 debate I reckon – it’s a dead duck – the below opens up tremendous opportunities to save our native birds by allowing us to know more as to numbers and distribution. And something I learnt recently: our beech forests in the South Island and the kauri in North Island both rely…

Wilderness verses Access, as it relates to Fiordland, and New Zealand’s largest landslide

At the end of March I headed off with a close photography friend to explore a small area of eastern Fiordland in the Lake Monowai and Green Lake areas. En-route we met Fiordland artist Wayne Edgerton of Tuatapere, and enjoyed a hour or two with him discussing “light” and art from the perspective of painting…

‘Real community effort’ an owling success | Otago Daily Times Online News

Little Owls, Ida Valley

The Ida Valley and the little town of Oturehua is one of my favourite places, so I was very thrilled to come across this nice story today… Four Ida Valley owls were once centimetres from disaster.Now, with the strength to fend for themselves, the birds have flown off into the wild.Yesterday the young little owls…