|Post Office Bay - looking west|
|Post Office Bay - looking north|
Striding along the well-maintained paths isn't recommended; the best way to see the birds is to stop often and wait for them to come to you. The excellent $2 self-guided booklet produced by the Ulva Island Trust presents information on the birds, plants and history of this predator-free island.
Enough talking! Come with me on a slow walk...
|The inquisitive toutouwai, Stewart Island robin|
|Boulder Bay at low tide|
|Weka parent finding food for her chicks|
|Weka chick looking for crab|
|Boulder Bay - looking south across Paterson Inlet|
|Lovely rock formation on Boulder Bay|
|A seaweed 'heart' at low tide|
|Post-lunch visitor - a male sea lion|
|Hmm... where does this track go?|
|Lichens, mosses, koru and a young lancewood|
|A bank of spider orchids (lighter green heart-shaped leaves)|
|Spider orchids galore|
|Close-up of a spider orchid in flower|
My 7 hours on Ulva went far too quickly. The birds I saw were Stewart Island robin (toutouwai), bellbird (korimako), brown creeper (pīpipi), tūī, yellowhead (mohua), saddleback (tīeke), weka, bush parrot (kākā), New Zealand parakeet (kākāriki), oystercatcher (tōrea), fantail (pīwakawaka), rifleman (tītipounamu), morepork (ruru), native pigeon (kererū). Most of the time I was walking I was accompanied by constant birdsong - thanks Mother Nature for a magical day.