Monthly Archives: March 2019

Shy and Secretive, Yet Feisty and Territorial

I ran through the crowds, pushing past people as politely as possible and trying not to overturn any strollers.  Around me I heard shrieks and roars but I ignored them all.  Even though the zoo was open late certain habitats still closed early, which meant I had less than thirty minutes before I lost what could very well be my only chance to see a kiwi in the land of the Kiwis. Continue reading

Boom Netting

This past weekend I had the opportunity to visit the beautiful Bay of Islands in the north of New Zealand.  My traveling companions and I booked a day tour on a forty-person boat that would take us through a bunch of islands, through the Hole in the Rock formation, let us help drop off supplies at some of the more remote islands, and to swim with dolphins if we could find any.  Unfortunately, the sea was incredibly rough that day and we didn’t get to a lot of our itinerary.  We did not get to swim with dolphins.  We did not get to go through the Hole in the Rock.  We did not get to make deliveries to any of the islands.  We did, however, get to go boom netting. Continue reading