Kiwi Hunting, TiriTiri Mantangi
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So; Excellent news. I went out walking at night with Ian (the senior ranger here on Tiri, he would like me to mention that is a hunk, only young attractive female volunteers need apply... ha ha) to see if I could find any kiwi. We walked for about 40 mintutes, searcing around, and it was
So we continued on, and reached an excellent bit of trail that is all boardwalks, twisting up the side of this wonderfully forested hill. The moon was so full we didn’t need flashlights to see, and through the big fern trees everything was covered in a dappled silvery light. The twisted white trees were making beautiful silhouettes everywhere, it looked like Rivendell from LOTR. Absolutely breathtaking, I cant emphasize enough.
In this magical atmosphere, we heard, a male kiwi. Very close to us scuttling around in the bushes. Ian and I sat in the dark, for about 25 minutes while Ian convinced the Kiwi that he was another kiwi, and therefore tempted it towards us. When It was close enough he hit the flashlight beam on it and I got a perfect view of a little spotted kiwi.
Anyways, a very exciting night, followed by a very tiring morning. Worked a lot getting everything together since a shipload of school children got landed on the island to stay for the next three days. And guess what, the principal and one of the teachers are in my room. But 30something men, who have very little problem whipping of pants or shirts infront of me while Im trying to read. Egad! Luckily they are both very attractive, and I suspect, gay. So Im in for a free show J