More from our travels through New Zealand November 2019
I mentioned in Bird talk #1 how striking the birdsong is in NZ, and I’m not the first to think so.
When the Endeavour first sailed into Marlborough Sound in, 1770. The botanist Joseph Banks wrote.
What a thing it must have been to hear, after time at sea.
But there were some amazingly perceptive conservation pioneers.
Today marks the 90th anniversary of the death of conservationist Richard Henry who pioneered moving endangered native birds to island sanctuaries, to save them from extinction, more than 120 years ago.
I’m bewitched by this image by Ricardo Scott showing Henry.
rescuing Kakapo, a flightless, nocturnal parrot.
I’m bewitched by the birds too, there is something so endearing about them, they look so helpless I guess, it reminds me of childlike clinging of Australian Koalas, that we’ve seen so much footage of in the last few months, as the lucky ones were plucked from the bush fires. Who wouldn’t want to rescue them
I never saw one of course, they are now very rare as well as nocturnal, but I get a daily fix, in my social media feed each morning.
And I’ve also discovered another way to relive the sounds of NZ birdsong. And it’s become my go to track to sooth a disturbed nights sleep .