Today, we took an early ferry from Auckland to Tiritiri Matanga, an island bird sanctuary. Unlike the other islands around Auckland, this one is non-volcanic. It is lush with tropical plants, having been reforested in an effort to allow endangered species of native birds to flourish. It certainly seems to have been a successful undertaking. I didn't see all 78 species of birds reported to be on the island but I did see a fair number.
We opted for a guided tour to begin our exploration of the island. This turned out to be a wise decision as the guide (and the other visitors) were able to identify the many exotic birds we encountered. Here are a few of them.
|North Island Saddleback (Tieke)|
|Red-crowned Parakeet (Kakariki)|
|Female Stitchbird (Hihi)|
|Male Stitchbird (Hihi)|
|North Island Robin (Toutouwai)|
|Wood Pigeon (Kereru)|