Dayna and I often venture out to target birds and last weekend it was this colony of pied shags. You could smell them before you got to their nesting trees, that smell of old fish bait left in the sun..ewww! I will have to ask Dayna to share some of her photos! As much as … More Pied Shags, Care of Earth
In our lovely quiet bay this evening we were enthralled by the skill of a gannet diving into the shallows a few meters away from us. The water was literally bubbling with small fish and as the gannet went under the water the fish would all skip along the top of the surface in a … More Gannets, fishing for bait.
Dayna is part of the Ornithology Society and the Northland group do regular bird counts on the shorelines. This venture was on Dayna’s 13th birthday and she was excited to be involved in her first shore bird count. It was a stormy day at sea and we got a bit wet crossing in the wee dinghy to … More Ngunguru Shore Bird Counting
While Todd was out kayak fishing for dinner (he brought home schnapper) Dayna and I borrowed some of his tools and offcuts to make weta hotels! We made ours from 2 pieces of 4″x 2″ approximately 30cm long, routed holes and an entry way into one side- covered them in clear plastic (re-used takeaway containers) … More Weta Hotels
Now Dayna has identified her target(helping the Pateke and bush lined area of the pond that they frequent) her first instincts to go into the bush have helped her to orientate herself. Coming back she has found an aerial map showing the area and boundary lines and started marking this, naming the features in the … More Observe & Interact
Dayna’s first word was “Bird”, she was 6 months old and in Coromandel when with clarity as seagulls flocked around us she called out “Bird, Bird!” Its no surprise at 12yrs old that for a number of years now she has wanted to be an ornithologist. Here in Pacific Bay Tutukaka this passion has turned into … More For the love of birds…
When I first saw EarthED I read – earthed; as in grounded, I think this is still relevant and must catch up with Loren Hope who together with Matua Rod leads this initiative at Ngunguru Primary to see if this was intentional. This tamariki led programme is connecting the children with their environment and Maori … More EarthED, Inspired.