Much of the bird song comes from the recent conservation effort funded jointly by the islands owners, Faye and Richwhite, and the NZ Department of Conversation. An interesting story that that we learnt more about talking to the island's ranger and covered in this article on Mercury Island.
We later moved around to the south side of the island to do a hike there and the kids ended playing cricket with the grandchildren of one of the island's owners while we shared beer and bubbly with the owner's son and wife. Nice folks.
|Overlooking Huruhi Harbour on Great Mercury Island|
|Fluenta is off to the lower right and Sir Michael Faye's house is in the centre.|
|Fluenta on a nice, new mooring with Sir Michael Faye's house behind us.|
|Chatting about conservation with the ranger. He used to work on superyachts and noticed my Marshall Islands shirt.|
|Looking at different qualities of wool|
|Shearers at work. They are fast and efficient.|
|According to Māori legend, the white cliffs in the distance guided the first explorer, Kupe, to New Zealand|
|The beach on the south of Mercury Island.|
|Nice hike to a waterfall.|
|A bit of cricket with one of the families that own the island|
|Scallops ! Easy diving for scallops.|
|Easter Egg hunt.|