AMANDA LIA ROGERS

Parininihi / Maunga Taranaki

parininihi, kokako, birds, conservation, natureAmanda RogersComment

This two-week-old chick is one of the first kokako to hatch in Taranaki in over 30 years, after birds were released in Parininihi from predator-free Tiritiri Matangi earlier this year. As a bonus it's one of a clutch of three, which is the largest possible for kokako, and it's even more unusual for all three to hatch successfully. 

Unfortunately their mum Mere is a terrible builder of nests and Dave had to wire her lopsided attempt to its tree, to avoid it falling out under the weight of a rapidly growing family.

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On a high, we completed the monotonous 24km Pouakai circuit a day early, drove to Dawson Falls and wandered the hour in to Waingongoro Hut for the night. It's an excellent trail through a dense and eerie kamahi/fern forest over clear streams, with a view of the maunga from the hut deck. Sometimes the best ones are the short ones.

 Holly Hut, Pouakai circuit

Holly Hut, Pouakai circuit

 A beautiful day on the Pouakai circuit. Bulbinella spp (?), ubiquitous across the tops

A beautiful day on the Pouakai circuit. Bulbinella spp (?), ubiquitous across the tops

 On to Waingongoro Hut, past the highest swingbridge in the Park

On to Waingongoro Hut, past the highest swingbridge in the Park

 Looking West from Waingongoro Hut

Looking West from Waingongoro Hut