Certain Stewart Island tour operators manage to massage the publicity machine better than others.
Ulva gets a good rap from lots of people but for the specialist birder wanting more targeted birds, it pays to ask Ulva for a specific guide.
Ulva owns Ulva's Guided Tours and has a personable approach with tour groups taking them to Ulva Island.
All very confusing with names.
I however, did not want a tour with six other non-birders; that would have driven them and me mad.
Ulva is clever and caters for the tourist as well as the birding specialist. But you need to ask the right questions.
For one off birding where seeing the right bird really matters, ask Ulva to book her specialist birding guide, Matt Jones.
Matt is a true birder, the sheer joy of watching birds, nest, feed, and what else birds do gives him a thrill and he does not rush to the next location.
If the birds are happening he stays, essential for difficult birds like the Rifleman to see and enjoy. We got killer views of this green gem of a bird.
Matt knows the territory of every bird on Ulva Island and in two hours of guiding; every target bird on our list had not just been sighted but enjoyed for lengthy viewings.
Nor was Matt in a rush to go home when we had seen all the birds. He enjoys birding as much as his clients.
Matt makes a difference to your Ulva Island trip, yes you can do it yourself, but a good guide helps. Matt can be booked thorough Ulva's Guided Tours.
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