|Outside Bilbo Baggins Hobbit hole|
What a great place And here was I poo-pooing the whole Hobbit thing but even I was taken with the set and story. Can't wait to see the film now. Seems I am a converted Hobbit fan.
By midday, we were on route to Otorohanga. Arriving an hour later we purchased tickets and went to see those Kiwis. Now Kiwis are nocturnal so all the Kiwi houses were dark. As our eyes adjusted one appeared. I can't tell you how thrilled and excited I was. The keeper came and gave us a talk on their habitat, mating, egg incubation (it's the males that look after the 2 eggs for between 72 and 80 days) and also the breeding program here at the centre. More Kiwis are killed by introduced predators like the stoat, rats, cats and dogs than anything else and even the bushy tailed possum take them. But it wasn't just the Kiwis we came to see. Other endangered species were also here.
|Red-crowned Parakeets. Endangered|
|Top row Kea. Endangered. Bottom left A Pig Goose one of the rarest geese in the world.And bottom right Kakariki Yellow-crowned Parakeet|
|Yellow gecko and a Cicada was seen on the footpath.|
|Left is the Wega. Numbers are very low. Right is a Godwit|