While I was in New Zealand recently, I took advantage of an opportunity to visit some dear friends in a different part of the country. Both of our daughters (Squiddy and Batty) live in the Auckland area, two-thirds of the way up the North Island. Partly to give them a break from having to share so much of their time with visiting parental units, I took four days and flew to Wanganui, in the southwestern part of the North Island. My friends are as fond as I am of getting outdoors and into the undeveloped wild areas, and on my second day with them, they suggested an outing to a forest reserve that bears the remarkably clever and inventive name of Bushy Park. It’s located about 25 km northwest of Wanganui and it features 250 acres (100 hectares) of virgin rainforest. There are several well- maintained walking paths, none of which are very daunting or strenuous to follow.
Bushy Park is also a native bird sanctuary. We heard many more birds than we were able to see, but one that I was very pleased to see come within range of my lens was this saddleback (Philesturnus carunculatu); its native Maori name is tieke.
I will be devoting several posts to this wonderful patch of restored and preserved wilderness. I hope you enjoy them. If you’d like to see more detail, please click on an individual photo for a higher-resolution image.