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Waimangu Stream
March 22, 2012

Various forms of life have adapted to live in the extreme environment of New Zealand's geothermal aquatic environments. This stream, which averages 45-55°C, flows out of the main crater lake in Waimangu Valley. Small fountains of near boiling water (96-99°C) bubble up along its edge, identifiable by the dark brown patches. (more...)

tags: Life in Extreme Environments, Field trip North Island, Geothermal Fields

location: Rotomahana, New Zealand

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Aluminium Ore: Tiwai Point
January 11, 2012

This ship is carrying a load of Aluminum Ore (imported from Australia) to the Tiwai Point aluminium smelter. Though this smelter provides NZ$3.65 billion worth of economic benefit to the New Zealand economy, there are hidden complications related to this industry. The facility is the largest electricity consumer in New Zealand, and uses approximately one third of the total power of the South Island and 15% of the total power countrywide. (more...)

tags: Conservation Biology, Field trip Fiordland/Doubtful Sound, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Bluff, Southland, New Zealand

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Kiwi Habitat
January 9, 2012

This photo is the second in a series of six documenting my encounter with a wild kiwi. Once up on the dunes overlooking the bay, I began walking slowly through the waist high grasses, keeping my eye out for any movement. This is harder than one might imagine though; the combination of low-angle early morning sunlight and intermittent wind created a disorienting blur of shadows amongst the grasses. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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The Proof
January 9, 2012

This photo is the final (sixth) in a series of six documenting my encounter with tokoeka (a wild kiwi). After sitting still for a long time with the tokoeka, I was able to get one photo of its face before it slipped away for a final time. I didnt realize until after that it came out slightly blurry, but nevertheless I am glad to have at least one picture that proved that my dark blur was in fact Apteryx australis lawryi. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Hide and Seek
January 9, 2012

This photo is the fifth in a series of six documenting my encounter with tokoeka (a wild kiwi). I might be imagining it, but it seemed that the tokoeka was quite playful. It would run a little ways then pause, poking its head up out of the grass momentarily, only to duck back under before I could get a good picture, and then circle back around behind me. I've left out a whole series of photos that show nothing more than a blur in the grass shadows. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Blending into the Shadows
January 9, 2012

This photo is the fourth in a series of six documenting my encounter with a wild kiwi. I followed the rusting creature, able to track its movement by watching the disturbances in the grass. At one point it passed briefly into an opening and I caught a glimpse of the back side of a brown, downy feathered bird. Its large size surprised me but I had little doubt that this was what we were after - a sighting of a wild kiwi. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Movement in the Grass
January 9, 2012

This photo is the third in a series of six documenting my encounter with a wild kiwi. I sat for a short while in the grasses, orienting myself to the sounds and movements around me. Just as I was about to get up and continue onwards, I heard the sound of a large animal rusting nearby. My heart started racing and I quickly tried to snap a photo where I saw the dark form disappearing into the grasses. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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Kiwi Tracks
January 9, 2012

This photo is one in a series of six documenting my encounter with a wild kiwi. These tracks were the first evidence of Kiwis that we discovered early in the morning of January 9 on the beach of Te Oneroa (Mason Bay). I followed this track up into the grassy sand dunes. - - - - - Scientific name: Apteryx australis lawryi Māori name: Tokoeka English name: Southern Brown Kiwi The Kiwi is New Zealand's only living Ratite, the national symbol for New Zealand's biological and cultural uniqueness. (more...)

tags: Biogeography of New Zealand, Conservation Biology, Field trip Stewart Island

location: Southland, New Zealand

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