Today’s images confirm why so many sensible folk prefer small town heartland NZ – like Turangi.
Walking along Taupahi Road on my daily trip to town to escape the laundry and to collect the mail, I felt the gaze from Polly before I noticed her. She was quite relaxed squatting in the blossom tree – at head height ignoring local traffic. I guess she was stripping any new blossoms getting high on their sweet nectar.
She probably recognises me as I think she is the same wood-pigeon that is often seen in the garden at TRM as well. I’m guessing it must be a female as when I moved in for close-up image, she preened and posed specially.
What you cannot pick up from the images was the delightful symphony in surrounding trees from Tuis and Bellbirds and wax eyes and other native birds. Even on a wet miserable day for the rest of the country, life is good in Turangi.
To try to win you over, this is what the “gummint” are spending $$$zillions on – to try to improve your quality of life by bringing the native birds back to the city suburbs by 2040? But we are already there.
Other native bird images are from TRM.
These images clearly prove Turangi is over 20 years ahead of the rest of NZ.
I wonder if we can apply for a credit? Can anyone advise how to calculate what that is worth in added value? Then add quality of living, longer healthy life, no congestion, no traffic queues, such blissful peace and quiet away from all the city stress, etc… And we haven’t even mentioned the world famous Tongariro River trout fishing. There should be no need…
Below is a ‘covey’ of quail strutting past TRM’s reception office last year showing off the new family arrivals.
But there is another side to this story… 1080…
Press Release from Alan Simmons.
Fishnhunt Forum. 23/08/2018
The Dawn Chorus is Dying at an Alarming Rate.
“In places where concerned locals are using traps and ground control methods for getting rid of pests the dawn chorus is returning with vigour while in heavily aerially poisoned areas of our mountains it has declined dramatically.”
Alan Simmons said “That in the early 1980’s as a struggling safari guide he took people on tours into the Kaimanawa mountains to hear the noise of the early morning wake up and it was deafening. Back then no poisoning had taken place and the bush was full of rats, possums and stoats.
So what is happening now.”? Alan Asked. “After 50 years of working in our wilderness places my opinion is that nectar eating birds are surviving the poison drops but all the insect eating or ground dwelling birds are not.”
Alan said “That hunting trips into areas heavily poisoned such as the Tongariro Forest are pretty quiet and anyone who says otherwise has no idea what it was like. Maybe the young DOC officers should heed the warnings of us oldies” he commented. “We have been there and for them to try and tell us they know better is an affront to all our vast outdoors experience.”
Alan said ” That DOC in it’s ‘Battle for the birds’ is actually destroying them. In the 1960’s if you slept in, the dawn chorus would wake you up. Not now.”