Yesterday the dogs and I walked a Mt Victoria track we haven’t visited for a long while. There’s one stretch that goes up from Hataitai village to meet Alexandra Road where it runs through the Town Belt to Newtown. The track meets the road where the tour buses stop to show visitors one of the filming spots for the Lord of the Rings movie: the scene where the riders thunder towards the hobbits hiding by a track.
As the dogs and I approached the road I noticed two birds just ahead of us, and quickly realised they were Kaka. Although in the last year or so I’ve thought I may have heard a kaka on Mt Vic I’ve never seen one around here, so these two were a very pleasant surprise.
They were very tame and were busy stripping bark from a small tree. I’d say the birds were juveniles, but I’m no expert.
I was amazed I was able to get close enough to take some reasonably decent photos with my iPhone. Fortunately the dogs stood still so there was nothing to specially alarm the birds.
I guess the poisoning the Council started quite a few ago now is really paying off, along with the proximity of Zealandia which is only 4 Km away in a straight line. I certainly don’t hear possums any more, and the cats haven’t brought in a mouse or rat in a long time either.
What is great is that now Mt Vic is home to lots of tui, fantails, waxeyes and other, non-native, birds. I’ve even spotted a couple of Eastern Rosellas a few times not too far away. I still have my fingers crossed for Kereru though.
Meanwhile, a kaka thrill is very satisfying.