The reason you take this tour is that Ian knows his stuff, knows his kiwis, and has by long experience worked out a way for everyone in the group to be able to see the bird(s). Because he knows what he's doing, you need to follow his instructions exactly, but his enthusiasm and guidelines will make it easy to know what you're supposed to do. It's best to wear soft clothing (nothing that swishes or makes noise when you walk or take your hands in and out of your pockets), because noises lessen the likelihood of seeing the birds. This was our first wild kiwi sighting in New Zealand, and although we have now seen other species in the wild in other parts of the country, this one will remain very special in our memory. I actually enjoyed not having the possibility of taking video or photos--it freed us to just look and pay attention. Highly recommended!
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