After a talk by the ranger we headed off uphill, entertained by the cheeky weka to start with and encountering a range of birdlife en route. The highlight being at the bird feeder below the summeit where an small army of bellbirds were scraping and trying to get to the feeder alongside two stitchbirds who snuck back and forward to feed admist the ruckus. While watching we were also joined by an inquisitive kaka who proceeded to bounce across our shoulders providing a very close encounter. We then continued to the summit for fantastic views across to the South Island.
After descending back we again enjoyed the company of an inquisitive weka while we sat and reflected on the advantages and disadvantages of an island sanctuary and also our connections with the land. For me, being able to experience close up such amazing bush and the birdlife that thrives within is a real privilege. I am aware had big an impact humans have had on such a fragile environment and the responsibility we have to care for what we have left. Kapiti is just one important part of these efforts. I love you to share your impressions of the trip and particularly the "connections" piece you ended up writing.