DW 150228 D860015Last year Project Island Song released 43 North Island Robin's onto pest-free Moturua Island. They've been perpetuating the species :)  Five unbanded offspring have been sighted since christmas - fantastic. Here's some shots of one that's taken up residence in Otupoho Bay.  We bribed her (?) with a few mealworms on a flat branch...

Project Island Song are introducing 40 Teike (North Island Saddleback) in March onto Moturua and Urupukapuka Islands and then Popokotea (Whitehead) in April.  The Project Island Song folk do fantastic work, visit their site, become a member or give them a donation, they have plans for many more relocations over the coming years, we'll end up with our own Tiritiri Matangi right here in the Bay. What a taonga that will be.

Interesting to see how mesmerised folk get watching these little guys, time just passes. People love watching nature. We're doing it on land, we desperately need to do it in the ocean with a network of marine reserves to compliment these pest-free islands. A place where marine life can just be and return to natural abundance.  And a wonderful spin-off will be we all get to watch...

North Island Robin Offspring