A Lovely Stewart Island Day

What a gorgeous day we have on Stewart Island today. A light breeze of easterly, a little broken cloud and an outside temperature of 11.4 deg. And that’s taken from our weather station which is about 5 metres above Sails Ashore roof line. Our sheltered back yard and garden area is probably about 3 deg warmer.

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Stewart Island Fantails congregate in the lower altitudes

Winter Visitors   There are always fantails around, but winter seems to bring a marked upsurge in number. I guess coming down to lower levels to escape the worst of the weather. And so at a time of year when it can be a bit dreary …. and the last few days have been very…

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Winter Ramblings from Sails Ashore, Stewart Island

Winter is Here, or Ramblings of an Island “Batchelor” The last couple of days have been savage. We have a really nasty weather system sweeping across Southern New Zealand. Yesterday was steady rain from a very low cloud base, and gale westerly. This morning after a night of heavy rain and occasional thunder I was startled…

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Through a Guests Eyes

Ulva Island as seen by English Guests at Sails Ashore   Don’t tread on the birds Our Captain Birdseye lookalike, Peter, dropped us off on the jetty and went to park the boat. We walked a few steps into the forest and stopped. A hen sized brown bird calmly ambled across the path in front of…

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Stewart Island Orchids, Morepork and a happy Galley Slave

Tours to Ulva Island Staying at Sails Ashore on Stewart Island includes a guided discovery tour of Ulva Island with Peter … your host. The changing seasons and attendant flowers, ferns and birds is the focus of many of my posts. Orchid Season draws to a close Yesterday I found a clump of Autumn (Easter)…

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Stewart Island remembers it’s past

Norsk Feiring, Norwegian Celebration Weekend. Stewart Island has had a long historic association with whalers. This started with the discovery of the “Solander” Grounds to the west of the Island in the 1830’s and continued for more or less 100 years, culminating with the arrival into Paterson Inlet in 1923 of the Rosshavet Whaling Companies factory…

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New Life on Stewart Island

Hookers & Dolphins Pregnant Hookers Sealion Yesterday on Ulva Island with guests we discovered a female Hookers Sealion sunning herself on Boulder Beach. There have been quite a few males around lately, but this is the first female we have seen in some considerable time. Females are much lighter coloured than males, although very young…

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