Zealandia is a natural species habitat in Wellington. It is fenced in and all the non-native species have been trapped and removed. Native species, such as Takahe and Kaka have been introduced and are doing quite well. In fact, I read a newspaper article that the Kaka are doing so well that locals have complained that they are flying out of the preserve and eating up the fruit trees in people’s backyards!
Takahe on the move
Close-up of a Shag (what we call a Cormorant in the US)
It was very rainy in Wellington when we were there, but there was a brief reprieve while we were at Zealandia.
Takahe and Pukeko eating grass
Tui in Kowhai tree
Kereru (NZ Pigeon)
Here are some more photos from Tiritiri Matangi, worth about 5000 words.
Greg the naughty Takahe
Hihi and Stitchbird
Mary Pat and I went out to Tiritiri Matangi Island this weekend. It was about an hour long boat trip out to the island. It is a scientific reserve and allows up to 150 visitors a day to tour the re-established ecosystem. It was a farm up until about the 1970s and then was bought out by the NZ goverment. The non-native species were trapped and native flora and birds were gradually introduced. It is really an amazing place and is amazingly beautiful. Here are a few photos: