Here in the mountain ranges with trees all around, the ever present sound of the Otaki river is a great delight..
What a privilege to go for 2 nights, part of my birthday celebration, to be in such a wonderful environment of restoration of vegetation and see the numbers of birds around the lodge and bush, including the small spotted kiwi on 2 nights after dark.
That gives me motivation to keep up with pest control. Trapping for stoats and baiting for rats. It was good to see the muzzled dogs checking to see if any rats are on the island, there were none on this visit.
It was an interesting find for me on the top track to the lookout... some corybas / spider orchids / in flower. Robins, korero, small spotted kiwi, kaka, piwakawaka, tui, saddlebacks, takahe, pukeko and the sea birds were there to see.