Kapiti Island Expedition


1 - Chiara had a couple of Kapiti Island visitor permits, so we figured an intrepid mid-week expedition was in order...


2 - ...and here I am turning 28 (or possibly 218, if you are in the habit of reading forks) and looking unaccustomed to being on the other side of a camera. If I look a little tired, it's because...


3 - ...we had to catch the train at 6.55am


4 - Anyway, the island is just of the West Coast, north of Wellington...


5 - boat launching into the surf must be a challenge


6 - the ferry


7 - arriving on the island was easy enough, to the right you can see the local Kaumatua, who was on site to supervise the removal of a number of bats that were departing the scene


8 - 20 minute talk from one of the DOC guys


9 - lots of bird life around the place, I was surprised to see this Kereru walking about on the beach


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11 - Of course, Wekas were rambling about and trying to get into bags, food, cameras, and everything. Their fascination for the pasta muffins was quite something...


12 - Not something you're likely to see every day - a Takahe taking a bath


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14 - 'Did you just call me as a big purple hen?'


15 - Black Robin


16 - quite a bit of driftwood around the place...


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