Nearly mammal free, pre-human New Zealand was a land of birds, many of them found nowhere else. In Birdland, Jeremy Wells (Eating Media Lunch) explores all things avian in Aotearoa. In this opening episode he visits Hauraki Gulf island sanctuary Tiritiri Matangi and Christchurch’s Peacock Springs. Putting the wry into wrybill, Wells muses on manu matters from twitching to tākahe poop. Dominion Post’s Linda Burgess praised Mike Single's "marvellous camera work", and Wells’ celebration of ordinary people "who work to protect and enhance what we still have".
Sadly, every other subject for a television show had been taken. Marcus Lush took trains, Hamish Keith stole art and Te Radar mucked about on a farm. As far as I'm aware, birds were the last subject of national importance left to milk.– Jeremy Wells on making a show about birds, Voxy website, 23 September 2009