One of my favourite days was the one we spent on a Ruggedy Range Guided Tour to Ulva Island ( http://www.ruggedyrange.com/ ). Our guide Furhana was wonderful, we certainly would not have seen as many different kinds of birds without a guide. I managed to get a photo of a precious Stewart Island Robin, they are fearless and follow people along the tracks hoping that they will stir up some insects when they walk.
|A Stewart Island Robin|
|Two dueling Wekas|
We had a great day and and even saw some dolphins on boat back to Stewart Island.
On Stewart Island we did lots of day walks and also went out on fishing trip.....I didnt join in on the fishing (I'm vegetarian) but really enjoyed the trip. It was a beautiful Southland day; blue skys and hardly a breath of wind.
The Skipper and his son were both so kind. Big Mollymauks flew right in close along with Seagulls hoping for a scrap of fish. Not fishing meant lots of time to snap photos of the wildlife.
The name of the fishing boat was 'Rawhiti' which means 'dawn' in Maori i think. The Rawhiti tows a little red dinghy that the Skipper rows to and from his boats mooring place. Dad and I were lucky enough to get rowed across to a little island in the wee row boat.
|View of Stewart Island from|
the Rawhiti Fishing Boat
We saw some cute seals but no Paua!! Everyone mangaged to catch some Blue Cod and apparently it was ever so tasty.
|A view from the dinghy looking back at the Rawhiti and some hungry fishermen !!|
One last picture....
|Half Moon Bay, Stewart Island. NZ|