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A night with a kiwi!

Grey Havens

Feb 19 2007, 8:54am

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A night with a kiwi! Can't Post

The *bird*, that is. I've seen my first one in the wild!

Imagine this: a moonless, cloudless night under a sky so packed with stars that you could almost navigate by them. (This is how the skies in Middle-earth must have been: completely untarnished by any human-generated light. You can only see stars like this in the remotest of places now.) Granted, the stars are strange and some are upside-down (at least to those of us used to the Northern Hemisphere!), but that only adds to the magic. You’re far removed from civilization: the nearest village (of 380 people) is a 35-minute boat ride away. You’re standing on a flat sandy beach, with waves gently crashing behind you in that incessant rhythm of the sea. The beach curves off in the distance to either side of you, ending abruptly at the edge of shapeless dark hills covered (though you can’t quite make it out) in windswept native bush. The beach stretches ahead of you to the edge of the bush -- really a forest -- though it looks like little more than a wall of black in the darkness. Halfway between you and the bush’s edge, caught in the beam of a dim flashlight, forages the prize of the evening: a wild kiwi. You sit down on the wet sandy beach to watch it better through your binoculars. The kiwi repeatedly pokes its long beak into the sand, searching for insects, quickly gobbling any it finds. In its enthusiasm it sometimes pokes its whole head into the sand, past its eyes, shaking sand off its face once it emerges. It seems oblivious to your presence, poking and probing and prodding and scratching its neck in a manner suggesting that you’re not more than a rather solidified wave. You watch for some 20 minutes, when suddenly the kiwi turns and bolts over the rise of sand into the bush and is gone.

What an experience!
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A night with a kiwi! Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 19 2007, 8:54am
    How neat is that! (n/t) Alcarcalime Send a private message to Alcarcalime Feb 19 2007, 11:06am
    Brava! And welcome {[Ro}} Altaira Send a private message to Altaira Feb 19 2007, 2:06pm
    a once in a lifetime experience, lucky you! (nt) Ciars Send a private message to Ciars Feb 19 2007, 3:46pm
    That's awesome! Auxerre Send a private message to Auxerre Feb 19 2007, 3:59pm
    Beautiful post! Morwen Send a private message to Morwen Feb 19 2007, 5:11pm
        Thanks! Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 19 2007, 6:49pm
    Wow! deej Send a private message to deej Feb 19 2007, 5:17pm
    Where did you see it Ro? Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Feb 19 2007, 5:50pm
        On Stewart Island, actually. Roheryn Send a private message to Roheryn Feb 19 2007, 6:43pm
            Would you mind Ataahua Send a private message to Ataahua Feb 19 2007, 6:47pm
    Excellent! Kimi Send a private message to Kimi Feb 19 2007, 7:24pm
    my weekend bird encounter Wynnie Send a private message to Wynnie Feb 20 2007, 3:49am
        a rarity where i am...(a few years ago)... elvenhobbit Send a private message to elvenhobbit Feb 20 2007, 12:11pm
    Great story! And, not that I'm not glad to see you entmaiden Send a private message to entmaiden Feb 20 2007, 5:25am
    Wow! What a special event! (nt) dernwyn Send a private message to dernwyn Feb 21 2007, 3:47pm


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