What a paradise we live in, Rose and I decided to take a short walk before dinner across the river. We live in the edge of the Opawa (Opaoa) river in the Lower Wairau Valley catchment, where we run, on demand kayak tours and have a small eco lodge.
Summer has just arrived in Marlborough and it's great to have the longer days to relax outdoors after work.
We are most fortunate that we have a four hour, loop walking track across the river which boarders the waste water treatment ponds and the Waiau Lagoons. Great places to see birds.
Some of the birds we saw were pied stilts, canadian geese, Australisan shovelers, black swans, spur winged plovers, grey teal, royal spoonbill, kotuku, swallows and curl bunting.
We where over the moon to see a fernbird flutter across our path and spend several minutes peeking out at us from the long grass.
The night was topped off with the call of a shining cuckoo, over from the Solomon Islands to predate the nest of the grey warbler.
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