Whitetailed (Virginia) Deer

What on earth is that thing – Whitetailed or Virginian deer wereliberatedat Port Pegasus in 1905 and rapidly spread throughout the island. Technically a “Noxious Animal” capable of doing considerable damage to forestvegetation, these pretty animals are a much prized by hunters. We see their sign regularly around our road sides, especially on paths to […]

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Hookers Sealion (Phocarctos hookeri)

“Hookers” are regular visitors around our beaches, but most are males, and most of them sub breeding age. So when I came down onto Sydney cove yesterday with a party I was somewhat surprised to find a young female lying on the sand. And of course I had to explain to my guests that it […]

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Fiordland Crested Penguin Visitor

Fiordland Crested Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus) This morning we had a small visitor in Halfmoon Bay. A friend mentioned there was a Little Blue Penguin on the slipway. Well my photo library for Little Blues is not brilliant, even though they are the most common of our species, so off I went with the camera. What […]

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Drunken Hoons

Kaka Drunk on Eucalyptus Blossom – Kaka are a constant presence around our home, and provide us and our guests endless amusement. They always seem to have time on their “wings” and appear to spend more time enjoying them selves rather than foraging as other species do. Eucalyptus – there are many Eucalytus trees around […]

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Fish Boat

Seabirds & Fishboats (eventually)

Across the Straits A couple of days ago I took our boat over to Bluff to collect a load of diesel fuel. The distance is about 22 miles, wharf to wharf, and Foveaux Straits has the reputation of being an unpleasant stretch of water. Its a well deserved reputation, being quite shallow, with significant tidal […]

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