|Takaka limestone country|
The area is very rugged, covered with rock outcrops and tangled vegetation. There are many caves (see my earlier blog post from January 2010) and my particular interest was to look for small vertical shafts that might have acted as lethal traps to the moa that once roamed the area.
|The delights of moa hunting|
As you can see, some of these caves are very small. With a bit of wiggling and squirming, we were able to push down into them.
|Moa bones lie scattered at the bottom of a cave|
|Moa bones in narrow fissure|
At the very bottom of this cave, there were more bones visible, but the fissure was too tight to get close to.
We were very satisfied with our discoveries, and happy to leave the bones in place for future rediscovery and study.