Endangered Species

Capable of flying at speeds over 100 km/h and catching prey larger than itself, the falcon / kārearea is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular birds.

The photos in the gallery below are extensively captioned, so if you’d like to read more of “their”  falcon story, click on any one of them, and please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. All photos by Southern Light..

Takahe – back from the brink | Our Changing World | Radio New Zealand

A few days ago I came across a FaceBook post by Radio NZ about the growing numbers of takahē [one of NZ’s rare flightless birds threatened by extinction] and was so intrigued by it I’ve gathered together some information, and included a link to their article below. Takahē were rediscovered above the bush line amongst…

The New Zealand whitebait season | A real and delicious Kiwiana experience

Some thoughts on the New Zealand whitebait, sea gulls and the health of our rivers – their habitat… Last week en-route to visiting family in South Canterbury I stopped off at a few east coast beaches, and in one instance walked to the mouth of the Waitaki River to look at what was present in…

Skink population quadrupled | Otago Daily Times Online News

top: View of the Upper Clutha Valley from the Grandview Mountains Very happy to hear this news. A group of us volunteers trap an extensive steep rocky area in the Grandview Mountains between the Lindis, Tarras and Wanaka to protect the same species. Recently about 80 were captured and translocated to other areas in Otago. The…

Black Stilt chicks released onto the Tasman River bed in the MacKenzie Country

top: Juvenile kaki black-stilt On 08/08/2016 the Dept. of Conservation released several black stilt kakī chicks that had been raised in their Twizel avery. It is the world’s rarest wading bird! Photos below courtesy of Rachel Hufton’s FaceBook feed who was at the release     And from a good friend CragRat, more similar photos here…