We are very thrilled to have these new signs at our local sites as part of the wider promotion of Wairarapa Moana.
This sign at the western End of Onoke Spit features the Caspian Tern who have begun their breeding behaviour. Last Sunday Dougal and I saw 21 birds congregated together at the end of the spit beginning their breeding rituals. As the pairs bond they go off to find fish to bring to their mates. We saw some of this behaviour just starting. It will probably be another month before eggs are laid but it is important that the birds are not disturbed during this important time. The “closed area” signs are up and so far vehicles seem to be keeping away.
The main bird featured on the sign overlooking Lake Onoke and at the entrance to the Pounui wetlands is a Grey Teal. These delightful little ducks are a joy to watch at this time of year. We have recently erected some nesting boxes around our big pond at Te Rakau specifically for Grey Teal. We are hoping that they will use the boxes so that we can help to increase the population of this charming native duck.