The trip out there in September had pretty wild weather, as can be seen from the photos, but managed to get some pretty stunning images during the time anyway. This was my first trip away with my new Canon 1D MkIV so was a real learning curve with this new body. John and Kevin (and PhD student Leila Walker) were there mainly conducting the hihi census prior to the start of the breeding season. John works for the Institute of Zoology in London and they have set up a Hihi Conservation website which has lots of info on the bird and islands.
|Windy cabbage trees
|Whitehead in flowering manuka (tea tree)
|Male stitchbird (hihi) showing off his ear-tufts
|Male stitchbird (hihi)
|Puffed up male bellbird
|Female stitchbird (hihi) with tail cocked
|Male stitchbird (hihi) hiding in the vegetation
|Tree fern frond (koru)
|Cabbage trees in amongst flowering manuka
|Male stitchbird (hihi) in blur flight
|Morepork on its roost during the day
|North Island kokako feeding on leaves
|Whitehead in an interesting pose
|A stormy afternoon
|Cabbage trees on a stormy afternoon
|And again...the wind kept blowing!
|Fluffed up male bellbird with rain droplets
|Peekaboo - a morepork peers from its daytime roost
|Pukeko in the sunlight
|North Island robin at its nest with chicks
|Female stitchbird (hihi) 'feeding' the robin chicks! First time such behaviour has ever been observed.
|The moon from Tiri