Franz Josef Tours: White Heron Nesting on Lake Mapourika

Franz Josef Tours: White Heron Nesting on Lake Mapourika

by | Jan 4, 2015

Lake Mapourika welcomes an exciting new resident to it’s waters, a nesting white Heron or “Kotuku” as it’s referred to in Maori.  The only nesting colony for these rare birds is located near Whataroa in the Waitangiroto Nature Reserve.   Lake Mapourika is often paid a visit by passing herons, but this season something special has happened …

 

 

goat

We started spotting the heron a couple of months ago when entering into the kiwi sanctuary via our beautiful calm inflow …  Sunsets in the creek are our favorite, this photo was snapped by Jonny last night:

the creek

Pretty soon we realized that each trip we were guaranteed to spot the heron at some point during our journey on the Lake.  We noticed him in the trees flaunting his breeding feathers, and at the creek mouth snacking on small eels.  Eventually one of the guides noticed the herons nest amongst one of the large trees in the protected Okarito forest.  This bird is not just passing through, but here to stay for the season!

Check out some of our White Heron photos below …

Fishing for eels

Fishing for eels

Nice shot!

Nice shot!

Breeding feathers out near the nest.

Breeding feathers out near the nest.

Spotted fishing paddling out of the creek.

Spotted fishing paddling out of the creek.

Another great shot !

Another great shot !

Book at tour today – before the breeding season ends in March 😉

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