Dunedin is famous for its birdlife, however, a little-known flock of chickens fly largely under the radar. Boisterous and free, the very definition of free range, this pirate chook colony, made up of (amongst other breeds) New Hampshire Reds and Langshan have taken over the car park at the start of the Port Chalmers walking track on Purakanui road. Bring an offering of bread and share their view of the harbour and the starkly beautiful Robert Falcon Scott memorial, a rusticated column built on an outcrop of rock, the anchor on top signifying hope and steadfastness. In 1910 the Terra Nova fueled at Port Chalmers before setting out for the pole and when it was learned that the party had perished upon their return, the loss was felt keenly in the province. Unveiled in 1914 on the eve of a major war, the cairn celebrates the adventurer's virtues of pluck and endurance, fortitude, and bravery in the face of certain death. The chickens are always pleased to see you.
Post submitted by Lisa Scott