Predator control is going quite well because last weekend I found a pair of rifleman nesting on the ground and these guys normally nest high in trees.
Whats been really interesting as of the past few weeks has been the nesting falcons in the gully, NZ Falcon's are known to dive bomb people that get close to their nesting area and attack if you get really close.
One day I was walking down the track by the Gully and I heard a falcon calling, sure enough one came and landed in the tree not to far from me so I decided to watch her for a while "She must have got sick of me cos she did try an dive bomb on me once and then the male came and did a few low passes of me" It was great being so close to a bird like that.
Below are some of the shots taken, One thing I have learned is to always watch my back because some of the falcon have got very close when you least expect it!
|New Zealand Falcon Approaches|
|New Zealand Falcon|
|The watchful eye of the Falcon|
|North Island Kokako|
|North Island Robin in Full Song|
|Tomtit with Mouth full of Insects|