Birds of Pukeiti
David G Medway
Pukeiti, nestled near
Egmont National Park, is one of our great botanical treasures and
the rhododendrons in its garden will need no introduction to garden-lovers.
It's held that Pukeiti,
thanks to diligent planting and animal pest control over the past
50 years, hosts more birds in greater variety, than any other forest
in the area. Well-known bird authority David Medway has come up
with a small, but intriguing book documenting this bird life. As
well as the many rimu and other native species that grace Pukeiti's
regenerating rainforest, the exotics in the 20ha garden have become
a rich food source for birds.
On a good day in the
garden, Medway notes, the song of bellbirds and tuis creates an
atmosphere that is "hard to replicate but easy to enjoy".
Rhododendron Trust, 2290 Carrington Rd, New Plymouth ($19.95 + $2
Gardener, Issue 207, 2006, Page 46
Reproduced with permission from the former Weekend Gardener magazine. The views expressed here are not necessarily those of the RNZIH