Pukaha Mount Bruce

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-43-48-pmWesley and I visited Pukaha Mount Bruce this afternoon whilst Mike was helping some friends on a farm nearby.  Mount Bruce is a wildlife restoration centre that focuses on reestablishing endangered and rare New Zealand birds.  The centre spans some 940 hectares of dense native forest and is a beautiful place to hike and enjoy a native forest.

We spent a few hours walking around taking in all the gorgeous colours and sounds.  At the moment the forest is absolutely teeming with cicada.  The sounds of summer calling in the humid air!

screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-34-35-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-37-14-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-38-08-pm Conservation has been taking place within the park since the 1960’s and is maintained by international volunteers throughout the seasons.screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-38-43-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-38-55-pmHere you’ll find encounters with endangered (and rare white) kiwi, eels, and quite a few beautiful birds including: kokako, kaka, hihi, takahe, kakariki and whio.screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-34-18-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-27-at-9-56-55-amThe kaka particularly captivate me.  The dark wine colours of their feathers paired with their cheeky personalities make them irresistible to watch.  There are roughly 160 kaka in the forest that are all free to travel and are indeed quite wild.  They have an impressive range of calls…some almost gremlin like and others quite sweet.  screen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-40-42-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-41-55-pmscreen-shot-2017-02-26-at-5-42-08-pm

If you are near Masterton, I highly recommend checking this place out.  It’s not to be missed!

A little hunting…

Friday I received notification that a couple of my images had been chosen to be used in a tourism campaign for Western Australia.  I’m stoked, and am glad to represent Eneabba’s flora.  #289 #291…  Eneabba!!


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We stopped and said hi to Wuzzy, Jobey, Elly, Janey, Nameless and Skinny before we left today.
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This is a random one of Tessa’s pets who absolutely adored Mike.Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 3.34.58 PM

Some flowers on the drive home today, near Lancelin.Screen Shot 2013-07-07 at 3.35.26 PM

Yesterday Tessa and I spent 5 hours in the cold searching for flowers on the back of their property.  We found tonnes and tonnes and eventually at one point we had to cut ourselves off.  We definitely caught flower fever, as 5 hours felt like 1.5!  The thermometer was dipping, and we were getting hungry….so we ended the day.

When you take photos do you get caught up in it like this?