Meet the Wekas....
This pair of rare flightless Buff Weka birds are called Wally and Sally - They met and settled down on the most beautiful territory beside the lake at #MouWahoIsland on Lake Wanaka 12 years ago after their liberation back on to this predator free island. Since then, we have been guests on their property, for "High tea" beside the lake on top.We have counted 23 chicks raised by these two, now in their twilight years. A Conservation success, considering they became extinct on mainland NZ in 1920.
Fortunately early Maori carried just 12 birds out to predator free Chatham islands, purely to breed as food and for their beautiful feathers for ceremonial cloaks. This unknowingly saved the species from extinction. Stoats are the enemy of this more vulnerable species of Weka,
and now Mou Waho island has the largest population in the wild on mainland NZ - safe from predators . The #DepartmentofConservation reintroduced them back to this island, a happy success story. We plant a native tree on every trip to this island, for food and shelter as part of our eco-friendly policy, leaving the island better than we arrived each visit. #purenewzealand #nzflightlessbirds #nzweka ... See MoreSee Less
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