Ralph Powlesland spent several years studying robin ecology at Kaikoura, South Island (1976-1979) and at Pureora, North Island (1996-1999). His studies included determining nesting success and adult mortality in relation to numbers of various introduced predators, particularly rats and stoats.
Today serious rain has finally arrived, breaking the drought period of a number of months. Good for the farmers and good for the bush, the birds are having a great time!
"Grab the dog's, mate, we're off !" Liam said to me on a Sunday afternoon before heading off to the beach. We took nothing but the dogs, camera and cellphone and walked down to the wharf.
Recently we had another Open Day. A total of 45 people came from the Picton, Blenheim and even Nelson regions.