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"Wildlife (5): North Island Robin" Somes Island Favorite Tip by Kakapo2

Somes Island General: 10 reviews and 14 photos

  A little robin on its long legs.
by Kakapo2
  • A little robin on its long legs. - Somes Island
      A little robin on its long legs.
    by Kakapo2
  • A silvereye checking the canopy. - Somes Island
      A silvereye checking the canopy.
    by Kakapo2

Favorite thing: As much as I admire all kinds of parrots and songbirds, the smallies always make my heart melt. The robin is one of them. They are just so cute with their long legs which make them look a little like hopping on stilts.

Their behaviour adds to the cuteness, as they search leaf litter for insects. As they know that you disturb insects by walking on leaf-littered tracks, you often see them hopping around right in front of your feet and waiting lunch to fly up straight from the ground. They can hop around you for ages. I talk to them, always call them “Robbie”, and can easily spend half an hour around one single bird. It is just toooooo cute.

As well as the Kakariki (Red-crowned Parakeet), the North Island robin had to be reintroduced to Matiu/Somes Island. Its Maori name is Toutouwai.

I saw a robin on the track to the Lighthouse, and on the wooded area between the Visitor Centre and the Main Wharf.

Another great place to see them in the Wellington region is the Karori Wildlife Sanctuary.

You will surely also spot silvereyes and some fantails, some of my other smallish favourites, as well as introduced species like chaffinches and dunnocks.

Photo 2 shows a silvereye.

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Nov 8, 2009
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