On the 1st of February 2021, Bevan Parker, Farm Manager on Pongaroa Station, witnessed his first bittern on the property while mustering. This is an exciting news for the Whangawehi community as the group has been trying to attract this very rare bird for years.
Our old people recall the bird when they where young (1940s) but it hasn’t been observed since then. After nearly 7 years of active habitat restoration and pest control, the Whangawehi Catchment Group can now rejoice that one of its long lost residents is back. Well done Whangawehi team!