Anglers wading over to the islands down the Tongariro River at this time of the year need to be aware there are still many ducks nests hidden in the long grass. Like the fishing, they are also having a late season?
The ducks nest on the island as a safe option to hide from feral cats.
The islands are located mid-river above Judges Pool, above Fan Pool, above Hydro-below Kamahi, above Birches Pool-below Silly Pool, etc.
Every island has several hidden nests which may include ‘supposedly rare endangered’ (?) Blue Ducks.
They are the savage ones – very territorial.
TRM’s trained guard dog beast Pumpkin tries to avoid the Blue Ducks – but not because she is worried about disturbing them. She is more frightened by their angry aggressive attitude as she is concentrating on stalking and spooking and scaring big game…
She is so brave…