NEW ZEALAND MAKARORA, MT ASPIRING NATIONAL PARK, AERIAL 1080 OPERATION.... PREFEED BAITS DROPPED TODAY
Sad to be looking at this on such an absolutely beautiful day, in what must be one of the most beautiful places in the world, and knowing that the chaffinches, grey warblers, and harriers I heard today will be silent in a week's time. Taking photos it would have been funny if it hadn't been such a serious business, because the place was crawling with security guards, and they were all taking photos of us and we were trying to take photos of them taking photos of us. I don't know what they were scared of ! Social media I suppose. Anyway they scurried behind cars and ducked and dived behind bushes, and hid their faces.
There were four helicopters working. -
ZK-HKR, a Jetranger
ZK-ICR, a Squirrel
ZK-HXZ, a Hughes 500
ZK-HKW, a Eurocopter EC130 B4
I was told the drop was by Way to Go Heli Services, Rangiora. The Eurocopter EC 130 B4 and the Hughes 500 are their own helicopters. The other two may have been leased for the purpose.
Please note the terrific dust clouds generated by ZK-HKW when loading, and imagine that dust coloured green, and toxic, in the actual 1080 poison drop in a week's time.
JJ Nolan Transport Ltd of Haast is the transporter pictured, and while we were there another 'JJ Nolan' truck, a double curtain sider came whizzing past us, ignoring the 30kmph sign. It was probably headed to Glenorchy with the prefeed baits for the Dart, Caples and Routeburn Valleys 1080 operation which starts tomorrow. #hamiltonnz #dunedin #nztravel #nztravelreview #queenstownlive #wellingtonnz #nzhunting #palmerstonnorth #southislandnz #farmingnz #whanganui #queenstown #capitalkiwi #purenewzealand #getnzonthemap #jacindaarden #predatorfree2050 #jacindaardern @conservativedailynews @rt #dunedinnz @wgtncc @wgtnadventures @jamescookhotelgrandchancellor @wellingtonmanukahoney @wellingtonapiary @wellingtonbuzz @wellington_newzealand @wgtn.soundz @wgtnpics @tastywgtn @wgtncheapeats @wellingtonhospitalsfoundation #goodmorningworldnz
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