As it’s school holidays, I took my little man for a walk in Zealandia (formerly known as Karori Wildlife Sanctuary) yesterday. Sometimes, the native wildlife is a bit shy, but yesterday, it put on a show!
An adolescent tuatara was very obliging (the tag on their back is to identify them):
The kaka came down to say ‘hi’:
The tui was busy serenading:
This friendly and very rare New Zealand Robin came right up to my feet! I was so nervous he’d fly away given the very bouncy young man beside me that I didn’t get a very good shot. To give him credit, he humoured several attempts from me, but I think the light in the bush was too dim to get a decent clear image:
The weta were at home:
We saw other birds: Hihi (stitch birds), bellbirds, shags, scaups, fantails and white eyes. They were just flying around a bit too fast (or too far away) to get any quality shots at all.
The cave wetas were plentiful – with their long, long legs and feelers (way longer than the ordinary tree weta you see above), they look like a cricket gone wrong! One landed on me. Not fun!
I love the detail in ferns. There are over 200 types at Zealandia:
One little monkey got his daily dose of exercise in!
And then, we went home and I got to finish this cute Debbie Bliss pattern (Woody) for him in a New Zealand merino/angora blend that will be one of his school jumpers this winter. Fresh off the needles, and not blocked yet:
It was a productive day.
ETA: Since posting, Claudia at Yarnsisters has very helpfully reminded me that Woolyarns, the manufacturer of Zealana yarns, contributes to this sanctuary. She’s absolutely right – what you see on this post is what we are working to save by NZ’s attempts to eradicate the possum. Knit with possum, and help save New Zealand’s wildlife.