This section is from the book "The Gardener V1", by William Thomson. Also available from Amazon: The New Organic Grower: A Master's Manual of Tools and Techniques for the Home and Market Gardener.
One hundred skylarks were liberated in one lot, in Foko-mairio, on the 9th of April, and there is every reason to think they will succeed. The pheasant has for years given the sportsmen in Auckland employment during the shooting season. Partridges seem to thrive well in Otago. In a paddock in the Palmerston district, no less than three or four coveys, or about 40 birds, were recently observed. A few days before the last despatches, a lad rode a horse into the Maitai to drink, when it put its foot upon a magnificent trout, 10 lb. weight.