Welcome and farewells to the Hutton’s Shearwater in Kaikoura

As I wrote a little while ago, I hate getting invites to events I can’t attend – it was about the welcome to the Hutton’s shearwater – back from their wintering over in Australia.

That being so, my friend Nicky McArthur (Shearwater Lodge) has sent me some great photos she took of the annual Welcome to the Hutton’s so thought I’d share them with you.

Nicky said of the photos: “They show Brett Cowan – welcoming the birds home; local children flying kites as part of the celebration; Hutton’s Trustees Phil Bradfield (DOC) and Teri Sonal (Whalewatch) – frying “Hutton’s” Hamburgers (beef!) to raise funds for HSCT! And. Year-9 children on Encounter Kaikoura boat – where they go to view the Hutton’s on the water at the end of their Term 3 education on Hutton’s”.

Nicky also said “There were clouds of them on the water below us that day – it was absolutely stunning. It’s too early to say how many have come back to the colony on the peninsula – but it is quite busy out there!”

The next event is April – Farewell to Hutton’s – daylight saving change weekend – Sunday 1st April 2012. (Note: the farewell and welcome are always on the change of daylight saving weekends)

I hope to be there to say goodbye – sailing across the Cook Strait on the Kaitaki, then training from Picton to Kaikoura on the CoastalPacific  where KiwiRail’s new scenic carriages are now in operation.

I’ve been told the new carriages feature panoramic side and roof windows and new café cars. They are the first carriages to be entirely designed and built in New Zealand since the 1940s.