|Whio, the Māori name resembles the male's call|
Blue duck, the English name refers to the slate blue-grey colour,
Despite having walked past signs on the trail telling us that seeing whio was a possibility I guess I hadn't quite believed we'd see any!
Krysia Novak, Taupō for Tomorrow Educator, laughed when I told her of our delight and amazement at what I thought must be a rare sight. She says that thanks to releases of whio from the creche and the trapping of predators, whio are now a more common sight on the river.
|With Krysia inside the whio creche, we are wearing special covers on our shoes|
to stop the spread of diseases into the aviary.
|I'm throwing live mealworms into the water, the|
whio dive for these as they learn to forage for themselves.
|Note the flowing water for swimming practice - and|
the whio standing on the rocks at our feet
For more information about the amazing education programmes for schools and pre-schools that are run here, see: Taupō for Tomorrow https://www.taupofortomorrow.co.nz
Adults interested in native species, don't be put off by the word 'trout'! There's lots to learn and see at the Tongariro National Trout Centre. https://www.troutcentre.com
To learn more about whio, check out Whio Forever https://www.whioforever.co.nz March is Whio Awareness Month, so there's lots on right now.
Here are my blogposts about whio encounters:
Thanks to Krysia Novak for the inside view and to Brian Queree and Ilona Wehr for the photos.