The kereru are back

After an unusually long winter absence the kereru have finally returned to Te Rakau. We presumed that they have been feasting elsewhere as they are very in very good condition! One flew into our ranch-slider the other day and made a loud thump – it almost felt like an earthquake.IMG_0011
Tui are also in abundance and protecting their patches vigorously. In fact all the birds around us are in mating plumage and behaviour. The first banded dotterel’s nest has been sited on the Spit indicating that a new season has begun.