<![CDATA[BirdingNZ.net]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum 2018-01-21T13:22:58+13:00 Smartfeed Extension for phpBB 3.1 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Is this an immature eurasian blackbird ? :: Reply by imogen]]> 2017-12-22T16:13:08+13:00 2017-12-22T16:13:08+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7379&p=35608#p35608 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Is this an immature eurasian blackbird ? :: Reply by Michael]]> 2017-12-22T19:08:39+13:00 2017-12-22T19:08:39+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7379&p=35610#p35610
Michael]]>

Michael]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Is this an immature eurasian blackbird ? :: Reply by Clinton9]]> 2017-12-22T21:32:30+13:00 2017-12-22T21:32:30+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7379&p=35614#p35614 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Is this an immature eurasian blackbird ? :: Reply by Jim Kirker]]> 2017-12-22T21:43:43+13:00 2017-12-22T21:43:43+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7379&p=35615#p35615 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Is this an immature eurasian blackbird ? :: Reply by Jim Kirker]]> 2017-12-22T21:47:18+13:00 2017-12-22T21:47:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7379&p=35616#p35616
Clinton9 wrote:Female European Blackbird in juvenile plumage. After post-juvenile moult, she will look like adult female Blackbird, but juvenile flight & tail feathers do not start to moult until 15 month old.

Thanks for this Clinton, I thought probably female from the description in NZ Birds online. Great to have your further info. Cheers, Jim]]>
Clinton9 wrote:Female European Blackbird in juvenile plumage. After post-juvenile moult, she will look like adult female Blackbird, but juvenile flight & tail feathers do not start to moult until 15 month old.

Thanks for this Clinton, I thought probably female from the description in NZ Birds online. Great to have your further info. Cheers, Jim]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Kiwi in Rimutaka Forest Park (Wellington) :: Reply by Peter Hodge]]> 2017-12-22T13:36:27+13:00 2017-12-22T13:36:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7380&p=35607#p35607
Peter]]>

Peter]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Kiwi in Rimutaka Forest Park (Wellington) :: Reply by Byrd]]> 2017-12-23T14:50:46+13:00 2017-12-23T14:50:46+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7380&p=35623#p35623 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: NZ Big Day Birdathon 2017 :: Reply by Liam Ballard]]> 2017-12-23T18:42:57+13:00 2017-12-23T18:42:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7169&p=35630#p35630
http://dippinginparadise.blogspot.co.nz/2017/12/2017-birdathon.html]]>

http://dippinginparadise.blogspot.co.nz/2017/12/2017-birdathon.html]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Harrier predation of NZ grebe chicks :: Author Tim Barnard]]> 2017-12-23T09:12:33+13:00 2017-12-23T09:12:33+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7383&p=35618#p35618 Cheers
Tim]]>
Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Harrier predation of NZ grebe chicks :: Reply by Mike Vincent]]> 2017-12-23T18:44:04+13:00 2017-12-23T18:44:04+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7383&p=35631#p35631 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Beach wrecks ID help. Mason Bay, Stewart island :: Reply by lloydesler]]> 2017-12-22T21:07:36+13:00 2017-12-22T21:07:36+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7377&p=35613#p35613 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Beach wrecks ID help. Mason Bay, Stewart island :: Reply by ourspot]]> 2017-12-24T08:13:33+13:00 2017-12-24T08:13:33+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7377&p=35632#p35632 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Stewart Is. Tokoeka Kiwi info please :: Reply by ourspot]]> 2017-12-24T08:17:14+13:00 2017-12-24T08:17:14+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7346&p=35633#p35633 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Where have all the shags gone? :: Author Steps]]> 2017-12-24T08:38:32+13:00 2017-12-24T08:38:32+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7384&p=35634#p35634 We could go into the guts , and they would be feeding on schools of bait fish in the Shallows,
swimming diving all around us.
Couple years back we always had a couple off the back of the boat, last yr shear waters and occasional shag.. this yr, rare occasional a shag, not many shearwater/ petrels.
And none of the colony rocks have any shag on them this yr.
Gone..
I have mentioned in previous posts over the last few seasons how the shags seem hungry.. are able to hand feed undersized fish off the back of the boat due to what appears desperation... and the large schools of bait fish with large schools of large kahawai, covering 1 or 2 x1000 sq meters have gone in the last 3 to 4 yrs, boil ups lasting several hrs
Down to small kahawai 300/400 mm scattered bait fish balls covering 25 to 50 sq meters lasting a few minutes at most.]]>
We could go into the guts , and they would be feeding on schools of bait fish in the Shallows,
swimming diving all around us.
Couple years back we always had a couple off the back of the boat, last yr shear waters and occasional shag.. this yr, rare occasional a shag, not many shearwater/ petrels.
And none of the colony rocks have any shag on them this yr.
Gone..
I have mentioned in previous posts over the last few seasons how the shags seem hungry.. are able to hand feed undersized fish off the back of the boat due to what appears desperation... and the large schools of bait fish with large schools of large kahawai, covering 1 or 2 x1000 sq meters have gone in the last 3 to 4 yrs, boil ups lasting several hrs
Down to small kahawai 300/400 mm scattered bait fish balls covering 25 to 50 sq meters lasting a few minutes at most.]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Where have all the shags gone? :: Reply by Olwen]]> 2017-12-24T13:26:08+13:00 2017-12-24T13:26:08+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7384&p=35635#p35635 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Where have all the shags gone? :: Reply by Steps]]> 2017-12-24T14:12:18+13:00 2017-12-24T14:12:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7384&p=35636#p35636 Same goes for the rock just around the cnr from Anita bay, SW end of Waiheke.
Could be also to the big rock in the middle of Hooks bay....havnt been into hooks for around a yr thu.. been past at a distance.. too far to tell.

One thing is sure... something is up and seems no one is noticing.

A lot of rec fishers curse shags petrol.. dive as one drop baits..
They carry water pistols, up up and down, wave arms.. , simple soln is simply drop your baits, do not pull them away and make them act like a bit of paper on a string to a kitten, and they just leave them alone.

We are really missing our shags off the back of the boat, below the breeding rocks, seeing them close up feeding chicks on a sheer clift, and swimming and watch them chass bait fish.]]>
Same goes for the rock just around the cnr from Anita bay, SW end of Waiheke.
Could be also to the big rock in the middle of Hooks bay....havnt been into hooks for around a yr thu.. been past at a distance.. too far to tell.

One thing is sure... something is up and seems no one is noticing.

A lot of rec fishers curse shags petrol.. dive as one drop baits..
They carry water pistols, up up and down, wave arms.. , simple soln is simply drop your baits, do not pull them away and make them act like a bit of paper on a string to a kitten, and they just leave them alone.

We are really missing our shags off the back of the boat, below the breeding rocks, seeing them close up feeding chicks on a sheer clift, and swimming and watch them chass bait fish.]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Kakariki In Wessex Briton 1000yrs ago? :: Author Steps]]> 2017-12-24T17:39:44+13:00 2017-12-24T17:39:44+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7389&p=35646#p35646 We have been doing a bit of catch up on the TV series "Vikings" ... Series 3 Episode 7 about 34 mins in there is a very nice Male clear eyed (pied) mutation of a red crown kakariki.
Just before during and just after that sequence of shots, these is not a kakariki sound. When it comes to the kakariki to 'speak.. it is not a kakariki, let alone the sound of one when its upset of what is happening around it. Shame
These where once a natural mutation, one of many, in the wild. Which is why kakariki in the late 1700s thru to early 1900s where very popular with captive collectors and breeders.
The only place we do see these is in pet shops, most places around the world, NZ being one of the few exceptions.

Anyway Merry Christmas

Dont post up much, thu reading most of the new posts, most days, can only be described as informative, entertaining and the links so often in posts go to very real cool worth while places
So thankyou for a good year
Cheers
Steps]]>
We have been doing a bit of catch up on the TV series "Vikings" ... Series 3 Episode 7 about 34 mins in there is a very nice Male clear eyed (pied) mutation of a red crown kakariki.
Just before during and just after that sequence of shots, these is not a kakariki sound. When it comes to the kakariki to 'speak.. it is not a kakariki, let alone the sound of one when its upset of what is happening around it. Shame
These where once a natural mutation, one of many, in the wild. Which is why kakariki in the late 1700s thru to early 1900s where very popular with captive collectors and breeders.
The only place we do see these is in pet shops, most places around the world, NZ being one of the few exceptions.

Anyway Merry Christmas

Dont post up much, thu reading most of the new posts, most days, can only be described as informative, entertaining and the links so often in posts go to very real cool worth while places
So thankyou for a good year
Cheers
Steps]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Finch id help please :: Author Jim Kirker]]> 2017-12-24T21:20:54+13:00 2017-12-25T09:04:40+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7391&p=35649#p35649

Attachments


Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17
P1010930 (2).JPG (436.41 KiB)
Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17

Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17
P1010928 (2).JPG (358.42 KiB)
Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17

]]>

Attachments


Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17
P1010930 (2).JPG (436.41 KiB)
Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17

Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17
P1010928 (2).JPG (358.42 KiB)
Greenfinch, Winifred Huggins woodland Auckland 24/12/17

]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Greenfinch id help please :: Reply by Michael]]> 2017-12-24T22:13:37+13:00 2017-12-24T22:13:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7391&p=35652#p35652 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Greenfinch id help please :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2017-12-24T22:15:25+13:00 2017-12-24T22:15:25+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7391&p=35653#p35653
I think you’ll find it’s actually a chaffinch juvenile. Obvious Id features being shown in the photos, are the relatively long and fine bill, white flashes in the wingsand somewhat grey green belly with only the way the feathers sit showing a streaming. A juvenile greenfinch would show much more obvious finer and more consistent streaking all over.

Hope this helps,
David]]>

I think you’ll find it’s actually a chaffinch juvenile. Obvious Id features being shown in the photos, are the relatively long and fine bill, white flashes in the wingsand somewhat grey green belly with only the way the feathers sit showing a streaming. A juvenile greenfinch would show much more obvious finer and more consistent streaking all over.

Hope this helps,
David]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Greenfinch id help please :: Reply by Jim Kirker]]> 2017-12-25T09:01:17+13:00 2017-12-25T09:01:17+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7391&p=35654#p35654 Cheers, Jim]]> Cheers, Jim]]> <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Finch id help please :: Reply by Clinton9]]> 2017-12-25T17:00:57+13:00 2017-12-25T17:00:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7391&p=35656#p35656 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Shy vs White-capped Mollymawks :: Reply by berle]]> 2017-12-25T19:25:10+13:00 2017-12-25T19:25:10+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7374&p=35660#p35660
As you say it is difficult to know where to draw the line, as the yellow colouring at the base of the culmen of NZ white-capped mollymawks can vary a lot between birds. As far as I know there is no clear line at which it can be said for sure that the bird is a Tasmanian shy mollymawk. I've submitted images similar to yours as an unusual bird report to OSNZ, and their response was that while the birds were likely to have been from the Tasmanian population, it wasn't clear that the level of yellow colouration was outside the range found in NZ birds.

The only accepted records of Tasmanian shy mollymawks in NZ are from a dead banded bird found in 1989, and one photographed in Cook Strait last year. An image of the latter is on the white-capped mollymawk page on NZ Birds Online, photographed by Geoff de Lisle: http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/whi ... -mollymawk

Hope this helps!

Leon]]>

As you say it is difficult to know where to draw the line, as the yellow colouring at the base of the culmen of NZ white-capped mollymawks can vary a lot between birds. As far as I know there is no clear line at which it can be said for sure that the bird is a Tasmanian shy mollymawk. I've submitted images similar to yours as an unusual bird report to OSNZ, and their response was that while the birds were likely to have been from the Tasmanian population, it wasn't clear that the level of yellow colouration was outside the range found in NZ birds.

The only accepted records of Tasmanian shy mollymawks in NZ are from a dead banded bird found in 1989, and one photographed in Cook Strait last year. An image of the latter is on the white-capped mollymawk page on NZ Birds Online, photographed by Geoff de Lisle: http://nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species/whi ... -mollymawk

Hope this helps!

Leon]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: eBird - 2017 year in review :: Author Nikki McArthur]]> 2017-12-24T17:11:33+13:00 2017-12-24T17:11:33+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7387&p=35643#p35643
For those interested, here's really good summary on the progress that's been achieved with eBird over the past twelve months:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/ebird-2017-in-review/

...And if that inspires you, here's a few ideas on how you can get involved in 2018:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/new-years-resolution-2018-ebird/

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/january-ebirder-of-the-month-challenge-2017/

...And for the more ambitious of you, how about the 2018 Checklist-a-day challenge? I tried this last year and only managed to get as far as early March before missing a day:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/2018-checklist-a-day-challenge/

Merry Christmas all,
Nikki]]>

For those interested, here's really good summary on the progress that's been achieved with eBird over the past twelve months:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/ebird-2017-in-review/

...And if that inspires you, here's a few ideas on how you can get involved in 2018:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/new-years-resolution-2018-ebird/

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/january-ebirder-of-the-month-challenge-2017/

...And for the more ambitious of you, how about the 2018 Checklist-a-day challenge? I tried this last year and only managed to get as far as early March before missing a day:

http://ebird.org/content/ebird/news/2018-checklist-a-day-challenge/

Merry Christmas all,
Nikki]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: eBird - 2017 year in review :: Reply by Peter Hodge]]> 2017-12-26T08:08:35+13:00 2017-12-26T08:08:35+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7387&p=35661#p35661
Peter]]>

Peter]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: eBird - 2017 year in review :: Reply by Nikki McArthur]]> 2017-12-26T21:02:22+13:00 2017-12-26T21:02:22+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7387&p=35665#p35665 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: avian botulism :: Author Cheryl Walton]]> 2017-12-28T09:07:14+13:00 2017-12-28T09:07:14+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7400&p=35673#p35673 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Waitangi marsh Crakes Napier :: Reply by Ian Southey]]> 2017-12-28T20:10:11+13:00 2017-12-28T20:10:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7355&p=35677#p35677
Ian]]>

Ian]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Waitangi marsh Crakes Napier :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2017-12-29T00:15:09+13:00 2017-12-29T00:15:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7355&p=35678#p35678

Attachments



marsh4.jpg (548.64 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



marsh4.jpg (548.64 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Waitangi marsh Crakes Napier :: Reply by Grahame]]> 2017-12-29T08:13:23+13:00 2017-12-29T08:13:23+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7355&p=35679#p35679
Grahame]]>

Grahame]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Seabird ID :: Author GrahameNZ]]> 2017-12-30T22:01:28+13:00 2017-12-30T22:01:28+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7402&p=35686#p35686 A friend sent me this pic to see if I could id it.
Found on Brighton Beach, ChCh
No idea as to the box size it's in.
Guesses ??
Thanks Grahame
Eleanores-Bird.jpg

Attachments



Eleanores-Bird.jpg (125.48 KiB)


]]>
A friend sent me this pic to see if I could id it.
Found on Brighton Beach, ChCh
No idea as to the box size it's in.
Guesses ??
Thanks Grahame
Eleanores-Bird.jpg

Attachments



Eleanores-Bird.jpg (125.48 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Seabird ID :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2017-12-30T22:31:48+13:00 2017-12-30T22:31:48+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7402&p=35687#p35687 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Seabird ID :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> 2017-12-30T22:42:20+13:00 2017-12-30T22:42:20+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7402&p=35688#p35688 That was easier than I thought it would be.
HNY]]>
That was easier than I thought it would be.
HNY]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Seabird ID :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2017-12-30T22:43:57+13:00 2017-12-30T22:43:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7402&p=35689#p35689 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Prey ID :: Author sandyw]]> 2017-12-24T17:12:06+13:00 2017-12-24T17:12:06+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7388&p=35644#p35644 DSCN6896.JPG

Attachments



DSCN6896.JPG (273.44 KiB)


]]>
DSCN6896.JPG

Attachments



DSCN6896.JPG (273.44 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Prey ID :: Reply by BombayDave]]> 2017-12-26T09:41:51+13:00 2017-12-26T09:41:51+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7388&p=35662#p35662 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Prey ID :: Reply by lloydesler]]> 2017-12-26T11:17:46+13:00 2017-12-26T11:17:46+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7388&p=35663#p35663 Cheers
Lloyd]]>
Cheers
Lloyd]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Prey ID :: Reply by sandyw]]> 2017-12-30T20:46:50+13:00 2017-12-30T20:46:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7388&p=35685#p35685 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Prey ID :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2017-12-31T08:18:02+13:00 2017-12-31T08:18:02+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7388&p=35690#p35690 Axiothella serrata) are very long, and the parapodia more widely spaced. If I had to stick my neck out I'd suggest a large nereid, maybe Nicon aestuariensis, which has a prominent blood vessel that looks like a stripe running down its back. Or it could be something like Glycera, which is a very muscular, active predator - the red colour's a good match.]]> Axiothella serrata) are very long, and the parapodia more widely spaced. If I had to stick my neck out I'd suggest a large nereid, maybe Nicon aestuariensis, which has a prominent blood vessel that looks like a stripe running down its back. Or it could be something like Glycera, which is a very muscular, active predator - the red colour's a good match.]]> <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Prey ID :: Reply by philbattley]]> 2017-12-31T21:48:21+13:00 2017-12-31T21:48:21+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7388&p=35698#p35698
Cheers, Phil]]>

Cheers, Phil]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Sheila Petch has died :: Reply by Hypno]]> 2018-01-01T18:20:34+13:00 2018-01-01T18:20:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7373&p=35704#p35704
Sheila had a big influence on me as young birdwatcher and volunteered many days taking me on day trips bird watching when i was in my early teens in the lat 90s. I gained many fond memories and a wealth of knowledge from Sheila i will not forget.

Some memory's include banding gulls at Isaacs and pulling weeds in the gravel pits , roaming about green park sands looking for waders.]]>

Sheila had a big influence on me as young birdwatcher and volunteered many days taking me on day trips bird watching when i was in my early teens in the lat 90s. I gained many fond memories and a wealth of knowledge from Sheila i will not forget.

Some memory's include banding gulls at Isaacs and pulling weeds in the gravel pits , roaming about green park sands looking for waders.]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Sheila Petch has died :: Reply by Jan]]> 2018-01-02T15:56:50+13:00 2018-01-02T15:56:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7373&p=35714#p35714
Thanks very much for your message. I will pass it on to Sheila's family. Nice to know you are still around and still interested in birds. I have worked out who you are and remember doing wader counts with you nearly 20 yrs ago! It will take ages to stop wanting to tell Sheila about some bird we've seen or ask her about her knowledge of something or other. Thanks.]]>

Thanks very much for your message. I will pass it on to Sheila's family. Nice to know you are still around and still interested in birds. I have worked out who you are and remember doing wader counts with you nearly 20 yrs ago! It will take ages to stop wanting to tell Sheila about some bird we've seen or ask her about her knowledge of something or other. Thanks.]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: NZ Dotterel immature or adult ? :: Author Jim Kirker]]> 2018-01-02T11:13:09+13:00 2018-01-02T11:13:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7409&p=35711#p35711

Attachments


NZ Dotterel, Taumanu Reserve Auckland 01/01/18
P1020218.JPG (339.68 KiB)
NZ Dotterel, Taumanu Reserve Auckland 01/01/18

]]>

Attachments


NZ Dotterel, Taumanu Reserve Auckland 01/01/18
P1020218.JPG (339.68 KiB)
NZ Dotterel, Taumanu Reserve Auckland 01/01/18

]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: NZ Dotterel immature or adult ? :: Reply by Clinton9]]> 2018-01-02T17:41:20+13:00 2018-01-02T17:41:20+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7409&p=35715#p35715 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Odd teal :: Author Richard Schofield]]> 2018-01-01T17:15:18+13:00 2018-01-01T17:15:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7406&p=35703#p35703

Attachments



IMG_4842.jpg (704.51 KiB)



IMG_4848.jpg (777.5 KiB)



IMG_4852.jpg (576.08 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



IMG_4842.jpg (704.51 KiB)



IMG_4848.jpg (777.5 KiB)



IMG_4852.jpg (576.08 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Odd teal :: Reply by Ian Southey]]> 2018-01-01T21:02:16+13:00 2018-01-01T21:02:16+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7406&p=35708#p35708
I think it is staining with iron as you suggest. Apart from the over all colour the head pattern seems to be that of a Grey Teal and if anything, I'd expect a Chestnut Teal to appear larger rather than smaller.

Ian]]>

I think it is staining with iron as you suggest. Apart from the over all colour the head pattern seems to be that of a Grey Teal and if anything, I'd expect a Chestnut Teal to appear larger rather than smaller.

Ian]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Odd teal :: Reply by Mike Vincent]]> 2018-01-03T19:58:36+13:00 2018-01-03T19:58:36+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7406&p=35726#p35726

Attachments



Grey Teal_.jpg (309.34 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



Grey Teal_.jpg (309.34 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Bird monuments quiz :: Reply by ledzep]]> 2018-01-04T10:55:54+13:00 2018-01-04T10:55:54+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7077&p=35742#p35742

Attachments



Kereru.jpg (134.57 KiB)



Power box.jpg (142.47 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



Kereru.jpg (134.57 KiB)



Power box.jpg (142.47 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Bird monuments quiz :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-04T12:39:33+13:00 2018-01-04T12:39:33+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7077&p=35745#p35745

Attachments



20180101_143941.jpg (248.25 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



20180101_143941.jpg (248.25 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Tui eggshell :: Author Jim Kirker]]> 2018-01-04T19:57:57+13:00 2018-01-04T19:57:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7421&p=35748#p35748

Attachments


Tui egg at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18
P1020279.JPG (234.79 KiB)
Tui egg at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18

Tui at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18
P1020265 (2).JPG (155.67 KiB)
Tui at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18

]]>

Attachments


Tui egg at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18
P1020279.JPG (234.79 KiB)
Tui egg at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18

Tui at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18
P1020265 (2).JPG (155.67 KiB)
Tui at Van Damme's Lagoon Auckland 03/01/18

]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Tūī chicks of differing size - question :: Author Gillian Candler]]> 2018-01-05T11:08:46+13:00 2018-01-05T11:08:46+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7424&p=35760#p35760

Attachments


the younger chick
Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 1.42.12 pm.png (691.93 KiB)
the younger chick

]]>

Attachments


the younger chick
Screen Shot 2018-01-03 at 1.42.12 pm.png (691.93 KiB)
the younger chick

]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Bad time to be a Blue Duck :: Author tim]]> 2018-01-05T20:39:18+13:00 2018-01-05T20:39:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7428&p=35770#p35770 Floods like this do take there toll on younger chicks from my experience as there is no where for them to go but into th bush if they can get there.]]> Floods like this do take there toll on younger chicks from my experience as there is no where for them to go but into th bush if they can get there.]]> <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Storm Chasers? :: Author RussCannings]]> 2018-01-04T09:49:14+13:00 2018-01-04T09:49:14+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35740#p35740
Anyone planning on checking things our either today or tomorrow? Anywhere on the east coast of Northland or the Rodney District, and Coromandel could be an interesting place to be (albeit with your safety and well-being thoroughly considered). The Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and North Island East coast could also see some high winds.

I plan on patrolling the Bay of Plenty from AM to PM on Friday and will report back. With the King Tide coinciding, there will be some major concerns for shellbank/beach nesters as well, so I'm sure many will be interested to survey their local patches in the wake of this thing.

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>

Anyone planning on checking things our either today or tomorrow? Anywhere on the east coast of Northland or the Rodney District, and Coromandel could be an interesting place to be (albeit with your safety and well-being thoroughly considered). The Bay of Plenty, East Cape, and North Island East coast could also see some high winds.

I plan on patrolling the Bay of Plenty from AM to PM on Friday and will report back. With the King Tide coinciding, there will be some major concerns for shellbank/beach nesters as well, so I'm sure many will be interested to survey their local patches in the wake of this thing.

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by Mig]]> 2018-01-05T08:12:30+13:00 2018-01-05T08:12:30+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35753#p35753 ]]> ]]> <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by JFDillon]]> 2018-01-05T08:19:18+13:00 2018-01-05T08:19:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35754#p35754 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-05T08:59:05+13:00 2018-01-05T08:59:05+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35757#p35757 http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41607694

The bad news is every potential Shore plover nest and chick on Motutapu is now gone. A nest I saw there with 3 eggs last week was known to be underwater yesterday. Who’s responsibilty are these birds? They translocated a species that nests under cover to an island where this cover stops past the king tide marks. I can’t imahint how the fairy terns are handling this storm.]]>
http://ebird.org/ebird/view/checklist/S41607694

The bad news is every potential Shore plover nest and chick on Motutapu is now gone. A nest I saw there with 3 eggs last week was known to be underwater yesterday. Who’s responsibilty are these birds? They translocated a species that nests under cover to an island where this cover stops past the king tide marks. I can’t imahint how the fairy terns are handling this storm.]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by sav]]> 2018-01-05T10:17:51+13:00 2018-01-05T10:17:51+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35758#p35758
I can't see that long-winged bird being a Pycroft's (which btw are smaller than Cook's, not bigger). And since when did Black-winged Petrels have a "strong contrasting M on the uperwing" (Cook's Pets do though....).

That is indeed a real shame about the Shore Plovers.

cheers]]>

I can't see that long-winged bird being a Pycroft's (which btw are smaller than Cook's, not bigger). And since when did Black-winged Petrels have a "strong contrasting M on the uperwing" (Cook's Pets do though....).

That is indeed a real shame about the Shore Plovers.

cheers]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-05T10:37:18+13:00 2018-01-05T10:37:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35759#p35759

Attachments



IMG_2904.jpg (125.71 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



IMG_2904.jpg (125.71 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-05T13:09:22+13:00 2018-01-05T13:09:22+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35762#p35762 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by Jim_j]]> 2018-01-05T13:50:22+13:00 2018-01-05T13:50:22+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35763#p35763 Loss of eggs & chicks for river & shore birds due to weather events is common - it is the loss of adult birds to predation in particular that is the issue.

cheers
jim]]>
Loss of eggs & chicks for river & shore birds due to weather events is common - it is the loss of adult birds to predation in particular that is the issue.

cheers
jim]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-06T11:11:45+13:00 2018-01-06T11:11:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35776#p35776
As for Black-winged I'd have to respectfully disagree with Sav. While I have only ever seen one in the field, most of the photos I've seen of Black-winged show much paler inner secondaries than Cook's which gives BWs a more distinct/contrasting dark M in most plumages---so added to the observer's mention of the dark carpal bar and claim of experience with the species, and I'm also okay with that possibility. Happy to hear more feedback on this as always :)

Says me, who couldn't find a single pterodroma on Friday despite gale northerlies!

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>

As for Black-winged I'd have to respectfully disagree with Sav. While I have only ever seen one in the field, most of the photos I've seen of Black-winged show much paler inner secondaries than Cook's which gives BWs a more distinct/contrasting dark M in most plumages---so added to the observer's mention of the dark carpal bar and claim of experience with the species, and I'm also okay with that possibility. Happy to hear more feedback on this as always :)

Says me, who couldn't find a single pterodroma on Friday despite gale northerlies!

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by sav]]> 2018-01-06T12:43:38+13:00 2018-01-06T12:43:38+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35778#p35778
I feel that a couple of things need to be pointed out before people take the message above as gospel.

Pycroft's are not just "technically" smaller, they have a c20% shorter wing than Cook's. And (I think more usefully) have a broader "hand" - so the photographed bird just doesnt have the correct proportions for a Pycroft's. To my eye it looks like a Cook's.

Re Black-winged. To quote Paul Scofield "Typically....wings mainly dark with no prominent M". Young, fresh, birds show the pale secondaries as you have said - but presumably not at this time of year. Whatever the case, a strong contrasting M cant be a discriminating field mark - not the first thing one would notice. Nor, as it happens, is the dark underwing marking. They have a totally different jizz.

BUT - I wasn't there and didn't see the birds, so all this is guess work to a certain extent.

Take it easy, cheers]]>

I feel that a couple of things need to be pointed out before people take the message above as gospel.

Pycroft's are not just "technically" smaller, they have a c20% shorter wing than Cook's. And (I think more usefully) have a broader "hand" - so the photographed bird just doesnt have the correct proportions for a Pycroft's. To my eye it looks like a Cook's.

Re Black-winged. To quote Paul Scofield "Typically....wings mainly dark with no prominent M". Young, fresh, birds show the pale secondaries as you have said - but presumably not at this time of year. Whatever the case, a strong contrasting M cant be a discriminating field mark - not the first thing one would notice. Nor, as it happens, is the dark underwing marking. They have a totally different jizz.

BUT - I wasn't there and didn't see the birds, so all this is guess work to a certain extent.

Take it easy, cheers]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Storm Chasers? :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-06T13:53:01+13:00 2018-01-06T13:53:01+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7417&p=35781#p35781
Russ]]>

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Marlborough Sounds fantail morphs :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-06T09:39:23+13:00 2018-01-06T09:39:23+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7431&p=35775#p35775
We spent most of the past fortnight or so exploring various corners of the Marlborough Sounds, and kept a record of the colour morphs of all the (82) fantails that we saw. The overall tally was 11 black (13%) and 71 pied (87%), but proportions varied around the sounds.

The Queen Charlotte Track had 8 black (17%) and 38 pied (83%). Tennyson Inlet (Penzance to Elaine Bay) had 1 black (14%) and 6 pied (86%). The French Pass area (Taipare, French Pass, Bulwer) had 2 black (11%) and 17 pied (89%).

All 7 fantails seen on Maud Island were pied (and the ranger there reported that black fantails are rarely seen there – perhaps only 1 in 50). Additional pied morph fantails were seen on Motuara Island (1) and at Port Underwood (2).

Tallies for the two morphs have been entered in the comments field in eBird lists for each site.

Cheers
Colin Miskelly & Kate McAlpine]]>

We spent most of the past fortnight or so exploring various corners of the Marlborough Sounds, and kept a record of the colour morphs of all the (82) fantails that we saw. The overall tally was 11 black (13%) and 71 pied (87%), but proportions varied around the sounds.

The Queen Charlotte Track had 8 black (17%) and 38 pied (83%). Tennyson Inlet (Penzance to Elaine Bay) had 1 black (14%) and 6 pied (86%). The French Pass area (Taipare, French Pass, Bulwer) had 2 black (11%) and 17 pied (89%).

All 7 fantails seen on Maud Island were pied (and the ranger there reported that black fantails are rarely seen there – perhaps only 1 in 50). Additional pied morph fantails were seen on Motuara Island (1) and at Port Underwood (2).

Tallies for the two morphs have been entered in the comments field in eBird lists for each site.

Cheers
Colin Miskelly & Kate McAlpine]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Marlborough Sounds fantail morphs :: Reply by Bill F Cash]]> 2018-01-09T15:39:10+13:00 2018-01-09T15:39:10+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7431&p=35809#p35809 Very interesting comments about fantails in the Sounds. Way back over 30yrs ago when I regularly visited Maud island, black fantail were common infact it was about three blacks to about two pied fantail. Plus at that time black fantail were common throughout the Sounds, but on Maud Island they were the dominant morph. Then late 1980's I think we had a drought March/April and fantails almost disappeared throughout the Sounds, they became rare on Maud Island for the next few years. Today on on Motuara Island because of the lack of running water fantails are in low numbers. When they started to return throughout the Sounds the dominant phase was the pied phase and blacks in low numbers and have remained in low numbers.
When doing e bird counts in Marlborough for fantail I now indicate number of pied and the number of black fantail.
Bill]]>
Very interesting comments about fantails in the Sounds. Way back over 30yrs ago when I regularly visited Maud island, black fantail were common infact it was about three blacks to about two pied fantail. Plus at that time black fantail were common throughout the Sounds, but on Maud Island they were the dominant morph. Then late 1980's I think we had a drought March/April and fantails almost disappeared throughout the Sounds, they became rare on Maud Island for the next few years. Today on on Motuara Island because of the lack of running water fantails are in low numbers. When they started to return throughout the Sounds the dominant phase was the pied phase and blacks in low numbers and have remained in low numbers.
When doing e bird counts in Marlborough for fantail I now indicate number of pied and the number of black fantail.
Bill]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Turning the tables.... :: Author kengeorge]]> 2018-01-06T08:37:56+13:00 2018-01-06T08:37:56+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7430&p=35773#p35773 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Turning the tables.... :: Reply by BombayDave]]> 2018-01-06T11:54:49+13:00 2018-01-06T11:54:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7430&p=35777#p35777 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Turning the tables.... :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> 2018-01-08T23:20:19+13:00 2018-01-08T23:20:19+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7430&p=35804#p35804 Then they rapidly disappeared and at one stage I heard from soneone in Doc that only a handful survived up the Cobb valley and they were gone from practically everywhere else. So it's great to hear they're on the comeback. ....]]> Then they rapidly disappeared and at one stage I heard from soneone in Doc that only a handful survived up the Cobb valley and they were gone from practically everywhere else. So it's great to hear they're on the comeback. ....]]> <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Turning the tables.... :: Reply by kengeorge]]> 2018-01-09T06:15:27+13:00 2018-01-09T06:15:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7430&p=35806#p35806 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Turning the tables.... :: Reply by Jim_j]]> 2018-01-09T16:57:02+13:00 2018-01-09T16:57:02+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7430&p=35812#p35812 It does seem to fit the pattern of a disease - sudden big reduction in number, a slow comeback and then a big rebound.
I think droughts have also been blamed - although that might be more the NI sub species.
Maybe also there has been a decline in ferret numbers for some reason
I guess it could be a combination of factors.... but it looks like they have joined a growing number of natives & endemics that have adapted to the current environment and are making a real comeback.
Be great to if they have a real impact on rat & mouse populations - specially given that it seems that the removal of stoats is leading to an increase in ship rat numbers and possibly a greater impact on smaller birds (robin, parakeet etc) than was the case before.

cheers
jim]]>
It does seem to fit the pattern of a disease - sudden big reduction in number, a slow comeback and then a big rebound.
I think droughts have also been blamed - although that might be more the NI sub species.
Maybe also there has been a decline in ferret numbers for some reason
I guess it could be a combination of factors.... but it looks like they have joined a growing number of natives & endemics that have adapted to the current environment and are making a real comeback.
Be great to if they have a real impact on rat & mouse populations - specially given that it seems that the removal of stoats is leading to an increase in ship rat numbers and possibly a greater impact on smaller birds (robin, parakeet etc) than was the case before.

cheers
jim]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: How did the Miranda she'll banks hold up in the storm? :: Author andrewcrossland]]> 2018-01-09T23:18:27+13:00 2018-01-09T23:18:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7444&p=35816#p35816 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: How did the Miranda she'll banks hold up in the storm? :: Reply by Grahame]]> 2018-01-10T09:19:37+13:00 2018-01-10T09:19:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7444&p=35819#p35819
I believe Kaiaua is a bit of a mess with very little remaining of the shell bank. Most of the coast is now without foliage, except for Mangroves of course.

Grahame]]>

I believe Kaiaua is a bit of a mess with very little remaining of the shell bank. Most of the coast is now without foliage, except for Mangroves of course.

Grahame]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: How did the Miranda she'll banks hold up in the storm? :: Reply by gillianv]]> 2018-01-10T20:18:18+13:00 2018-01-10T20:18:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7444&p=35825#p35825
Quick update, we lost the tern colony, probably in its entirely but the older black-billed gull chicks have made it through. There have been a lot of birds in the fields- but equally the shellback was absolutely packed on Saturday morning. The trails are really greasy - the silt is quite hard work to walk on so the main track from the centre might be closed a bit longer. We’ll probably open the car park in the next day or so but the boardwalk is about 70m from where its supposed to be so be ready to get wet feet when you head out.

The centre is open again, new pumps, sceptic system flushed out and power, phone and hot water are back on, no water went through the main building. Keith and Chelsea have done amazing getting everything up and going, and we've had great support from DoC and HDC.
Great photos and more detail on our Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/MirandaShorebirdCentre/
Cheers
Gillian]]>

Quick update, we lost the tern colony, probably in its entirely but the older black-billed gull chicks have made it through. There have been a lot of birds in the fields- but equally the shellback was absolutely packed on Saturday morning. The trails are really greasy - the silt is quite hard work to walk on so the main track from the centre might be closed a bit longer. We’ll probably open the car park in the next day or so but the boardwalk is about 70m from where its supposed to be so be ready to get wet feet when you head out.

The centre is open again, new pumps, sceptic system flushed out and power, phone and hot water are back on, no water went through the main building. Keith and Chelsea have done amazing getting everything up and going, and we've had great support from DoC and HDC.
Great photos and more detail on our Facebook page.
https://www.facebook.com/MirandaShorebirdCentre/
Cheers
Gillian]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Gull Colony Predation by Pigs :: Author Ian McLean]]> 2018-01-10T22:40:39+13:00 2018-01-10T22:40:39+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7445&p=35828#p35828 After a long walk of 10 kms from Whakapapa, we reached the colony to be greeted by the very unexpected sight of a very large wild pig rummaging through a grassy area where the colony should be ! What was a pig doing in a wide open alpine area that had very little vegetation ? well it soon became very obvious ! Numerous grass nests were counted (at least 200), but munched up bones of both chicks & adults littered the area & pig scats were on many of the nests. Although a few adult birds were flying around, there were no chicks or eggs at all, every single nest was empty & the predation was 100% total. As you can imagine it was very disappointing
At the scene, we were met by members of the Wellington Tramping Club, who had especially trekked up to view the colony. They to were shocked at the destruction of the colony & many of them mentioned that it had been thriving during their 2016 visit. This made us think that pigs have only just made it up to this area of the Tongariro National Park. Needless to say we have advised the Department Of Conservation of our findings & our hope is that they can eliminate the pigs, especially as there are also breeding populations of Banded Dotterel & Falcon in the area.
I will try to attach a few photos of what we found. These are a reminder of how destructive pigs can be for ground nesting birds & I believe pigs are responsible for the destruction of seabird colonies in Kaikoura, the Auckland Islands, Chatham Island & doubtless elsewhere throughout the country. Regards, Ian McLean

Attachments



Black Backed Gull Colony Adult Bones.jpg (676.54 KiB)



Black Backed Gull Colony Pig Scat.jpg (642.39 KiB)



Black Backed Gull Colony.jpg (657 KiB)


]]>
After a long walk of 10 kms from Whakapapa, we reached the colony to be greeted by the very unexpected sight of a very large wild pig rummaging through a grassy area where the colony should be ! What was a pig doing in a wide open alpine area that had very little vegetation ? well it soon became very obvious ! Numerous grass nests were counted (at least 200), but munched up bones of both chicks & adults littered the area & pig scats were on many of the nests. Although a few adult birds were flying around, there were no chicks or eggs at all, every single nest was empty & the predation was 100% total. As you can imagine it was very disappointing
At the scene, we were met by members of the Wellington Tramping Club, who had especially trekked up to view the colony. They to were shocked at the destruction of the colony & many of them mentioned that it had been thriving during their 2016 visit. This made us think that pigs have only just made it up to this area of the Tongariro National Park. Needless to say we have advised the Department Of Conservation of our findings & our hope is that they can eliminate the pigs, especially as there are also breeding populations of Banded Dotterel & Falcon in the area.
I will try to attach a few photos of what we found. These are a reminder of how destructive pigs can be for ground nesting birds & I believe pigs are responsible for the destruction of seabird colonies in Kaikoura, the Auckland Islands, Chatham Island & doubtless elsewhere throughout the country. Regards, Ian McLean

Attachments



Black Backed Gull Colony Adult Bones.jpg (676.54 KiB)



Black Backed Gull Colony Pig Scat.jpg (642.39 KiB)



Black Backed Gull Colony.jpg (657 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Gull Colony Predation by Pigs :: Reply by Joanna10]]> 2018-01-12T18:51:37+13:00 2018-01-12T18:51:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7445&p=35849#p35849 Yes you are right about pigs destroying seabird colonies elsewhere.
Regards, Joanna]]>
Yes you are right about pigs destroying seabird colonies elsewhere.
Regards, Joanna]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Gull Colony Predation by Pigs :: Reply by Ian McLean]]> 2018-01-13T09:40:06+13:00 2018-01-13T09:40:06+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7445&p=35854#p35854 Regards, Ian]]> Regards, Ian]]> <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Gull Colony Predation by Pigs :: Reply by zarkov]]> 2018-01-13T17:26:39+13:00 2018-01-13T17:26:39+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7445&p=35863#p35863
I'm pretty sure they also breed at several places around the lake, including the cliffs near Motuoapa.]]>

I'm pretty sure they also breed at several places around the lake, including the cliffs near Motuoapa.]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Gull Colony Predation by Pigs :: Reply by Ian McLean]]> 2018-01-13T19:47:12+13:00 2018-01-13T19:47:12+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7445&p=35867#p35867 Thanks for the information.
Were the gulls breeding colonies or just as pairs ? Just checking, as I was wondering whether the Ruapehu colony of 200 nests would be considered a very large one ?
Also, my feeling is that the breeding gulls make use of dead lamb carcasses in the local area & that may be one of the reasons for the unusual location of this colony !
Cheers, Ian]]>
Thanks for the information.
Were the gulls breeding colonies or just as pairs ? Just checking, as I was wondering whether the Ruapehu colony of 200 nests would be considered a very large one ?
Also, my feeling is that the breeding gulls make use of dead lamb carcasses in the local area & that may be one of the reasons for the unusual location of this colony !
Cheers, Ian]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Gull Colony Predation by Pigs :: Reply by zarkov]]> 2018-01-14T09:07:04+13:00 2018-01-14T09:07:04+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7445&p=35868#p35868
Maybe the Tama lake colony gulls were from Rotoaira or Otomangakau resident populations that were nesting higher up on the mountain just to escape from pig predation? I'd be surprised if there were enough dead lambs in the area by the time gulls were starting to nest.]]>

Maybe the Tama lake colony gulls were from Rotoaira or Otomangakau resident populations that were nesting higher up on the mountain just to escape from pig predation? I'd be surprised if there were enough dead lambs in the area by the time gulls were starting to nest.]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Extent of NZ birding area - question :: Author andrewcrossland]]> 2017-12-31T11:41:11+13:00 2017-12-31T11:41:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7404&p=35694#p35694 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Extent of NZ birding area - question :: Reply by sav]]> 2017-12-31T16:24:32+13:00 2017-12-31T16:24:32+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7404&p=35696#p35696
I think you sort of have to make up your own rules. You will be aware that the OSNZ Checklist includes Macquarie and Norfolk claiming that they are in our biogeographic area (so why not Lord Howe? Or Australia for that matter?), but also includes the Ross Dependancy which I feel is a real case of having your cake and eating it!

Isn't the generally accepted rule for territorial waters out to 200nm from land? Or half way between places that are less than 400nm apart.

The Wrybill list includes NZ territories and out to 200nm. Most people seem happy with that definition.

cheers, and Happy New Year,]]>

I think you sort of have to make up your own rules. You will be aware that the OSNZ Checklist includes Macquarie and Norfolk claiming that they are in our biogeographic area (so why not Lord Howe? Or Australia for that matter?), but also includes the Ross Dependancy which I feel is a real case of having your cake and eating it!

Isn't the generally accepted rule for territorial waters out to 200nm from land? Or half way between places that are less than 400nm apart.

The Wrybill list includes NZ territories and out to 200nm. Most people seem happy with that definition.

cheers, and Happy New Year,]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Extent of NZ birding area - question :: Reply by Bobolink]]> 2017-12-31T22:10:57+13:00 2017-12-31T22:10:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7404&p=35699#p35699 I personally would like to see a OSNZ committee that sends out regular updates (half-yearly?) on taxonomic revisions and additions to the NZ list, perhaps following the IOC World Bird List taxonomy as do the British for instance.

cheers

George]]>
I personally would like to see a OSNZ committee that sends out regular updates (half-yearly?) on taxonomic revisions and additions to the NZ list, perhaps following the IOC World Bird List taxonomy as do the British for instance.

cheers

George]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Extent of NZ birding area - question :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-01T15:15:54+13:00 2018-01-01T15:15:54+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7404&p=35700#p35700
The Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee considers all records from the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (i.e. the mainland plus the Kermadec, Chatham, Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell Islands, plus surrounding seas out to 200 nautical miles from the coast) as being 'New Zealand'.

The RAC will also assess sightings from adjoining areas that are not covered by other birding societies or groups (e.g. the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica, some Pacific islands, high sea areas east of the New Zealand EEZ), but these are not considered part of the New Zealand region. The RAC does not assess records from Norfolk or Macquarie Islands, which are politically part of Australia, and are covered by the Birds Australia BARC.

Cheers
Colin
RAC convenor]]>

The Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee considers all records from the New Zealand Exclusive Economic Zone (i.e. the mainland plus the Kermadec, Chatham, Snares, Bounty, Antipodes, Auckland and Campbell Islands, plus surrounding seas out to 200 nautical miles from the coast) as being 'New Zealand'.

The RAC will also assess sightings from adjoining areas that are not covered by other birding societies or groups (e.g. the Ross Sea sector of Antarctica, some Pacific islands, high sea areas east of the New Zealand EEZ), but these are not considered part of the New Zealand region. The RAC does not assess records from Norfolk or Macquarie Islands, which are politically part of Australia, and are covered by the Birds Australia BARC.

Cheers
Colin
RAC convenor]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Extent of NZ birding area - question :: Reply by David Lawrie]]> 2018-01-02T21:17:42+13:00 2018-01-02T21:17:42+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7404&p=35716#p35716 There is already a Checklist Committee in place that is constantly monitoring changes in taxonomy and additions to the list. I believe a paper is due out shortly with updates since the checklist was printed. The committee is also considering how to best maintain the checklist into the future and make changes known. So any suggestions would be considered, but almost certainly it will not be in written form, at least for quite some time.
David Lawrie
OSNZ President]]>
There is already a Checklist Committee in place that is constantly monitoring changes in taxonomy and additions to the list. I believe a paper is due out shortly with updates since the checklist was printed. The committee is also considering how to best maintain the checklist into the future and make changes known. So any suggestions would be considered, but almost certainly it will not be in written form, at least for quite some time.
David Lawrie
OSNZ President]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Extent of NZ birding area - question :: Reply by Bobolink]]> 2018-01-14T10:05:21+13:00 2018-01-14T10:05:21+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7404&p=35869#p35869
good to know - I suppose the obvious answer is updates on the OSNZ website.

cheers

George]]>

good to know - I suppose the obvious answer is updates on the OSNZ website.

cheers

George]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Extent of NZ birding area - question :: Reply by David Lawrie]]> 2018-01-14T12:44:38+13:00 2018-01-14T12:44:38+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7404&p=35871#p35871 but what this spece, and rest assured that it has not been forgotten.]]> but what this spece, and rest assured that it has not been forgotten.]]> <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Tern ID :: Author glennjames]]> 2018-01-08T09:10:09+13:00 2018-01-08T09:10:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7437&p=35792#p35792 Thanks!

Attachments



tern.jpg (180.33 KiB)


]]>
Thanks!

Attachments



tern.jpg (180.33 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Tern ID :: Reply by George Hobson]]> 2018-01-08T10:07:25+13:00 2018-01-08T10:07:25+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7437&p=35793#p35793 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Tern ID :: Reply by Clinton9]]> 2018-01-09T21:46:25+13:00 2018-01-09T21:46:25+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7437&p=35815#p35815 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Tern ID :: Reply by sav]]> 2018-01-10T09:35:57+13:00 2018-01-10T09:35:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7437&p=35820#p35820
I think that for once Clinton has it wrong! It is a Little Tern without any doubt.

regards]]>

I think that for once Clinton has it wrong! It is a Little Tern without any doubt.

regards]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Tern ID :: Reply by glennjames]]> 2018-01-10T11:29:14+13:00 2018-01-10T11:29:14+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7437&p=35822#p35822 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Tern ID :: Reply by Nakilad]]> 2018-01-14T14:17:11+13:00 2018-01-14T14:17:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7437&p=35873#p35873 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips : 25th February and 25th March 2018 :: Reply by ourspot]]> 2018-01-14T19:05:12+13:00 2018-01-14T19:05:12+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=35877#p35877 – Sunday 25th February 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)
– Sunday 25th March 2018 (only 1 space available)

Cheers Scott]]>
– Sunday 25th February 2018 (FULLY BOOKED)
– Sunday 25th March 2018 (only 1 space available)

Cheers Scott]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips : 25th February and 25th March 2018 :: Reply by ourspot]]> 2018-01-15T21:48:33+13:00 2018-01-15T21:48:33+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=35888#p35888
I'll be scheduling more trips over the next few months (in autumn and winter) and will advice future dates in the next few weeks.

Cheers
Scott]]>

I'll be scheduling more trips over the next few months (in autumn and winter) and will advice future dates in the next few weeks.

Cheers
Scott]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Falcon preying on fluttering shearwater :: Author Peter Gaze]]> 2018-01-17T21:09:49+13:00 2018-01-17T21:09:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7471&p=35910#p35910 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Waihi Beach wrecks :: Author rukuhia]]> 2018-01-17T13:31:02+13:00 2018-01-17T13:31:02+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7468&p=35904#p35904 As well as the following dead birds there were also 2 fluttering shearwaters, 1 cooks petrel, 1 fairy prion, 1 grey faced petrel and 1 little blue penguin all looking tired and sitting on high tide mark.

Mallard 1
Aus. Gannet 1
Kelp gull 1
Fluttering s/w 19
Fairy Prion 17
Cooks petrel 1
Grey faced petrel 9
White faced storm petrel 1
Common diving petrel 18
Bullers s/w 5
Little blue penguin 8
Pied shag 2
Tui 1

Attachments


Fairy prion
IMG_6695.JPG (384.74 KiB)
Fairy prion

Fairy prion
IMG_6701.JPG (323.02 KiB)
Fairy prion

Little Blue Penguin
IMG_6714.JPG (844.45 KiB)
Little Blue Penguin

]]>
As well as the following dead birds there were also 2 fluttering shearwaters, 1 cooks petrel, 1 fairy prion, 1 grey faced petrel and 1 little blue penguin all looking tired and sitting on high tide mark.

Mallard 1
Aus. Gannet 1
Kelp gull 1
Fluttering s/w 19
Fairy Prion 17
Cooks petrel 1
Grey faced petrel 9
White faced storm petrel 1
Common diving petrel 18
Bullers s/w 5
Little blue penguin 8
Pied shag 2
Tui 1

Attachments


Fairy prion
IMG_6695.JPG (384.74 KiB)
Fairy prion

Fairy prion
IMG_6701.JPG (323.02 KiB)
Fairy prion

Little Blue Penguin
IMG_6714.JPG (844.45 KiB)
Little Blue Penguin

]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Waihi Beach wrecks :: Reply by lloydesler]]> 2018-01-17T22:23:52+13:00 2018-01-17T22:23:52+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7468&p=35911#p35911 Anyone with records from 2017 or earlier can I get them please? as I am working on the 2017 preliminary beach patrol report.
Contact me on esler@southnet.co.nz
Cheers
Lloyd Esler]]>
Anyone with records from 2017 or earlier can I get them please? as I am working on the 2017 preliminary beach patrol report.
Contact me on esler@southnet.co.nz
Cheers
Lloyd Esler]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Cheap Hauraki Gulf pelagic this Friday :: Author sav]]> 2018-01-19T06:48:01+13:00 2018-01-19T06:48:01+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7475&p=35918#p35918
An Aussie friend of mine has chartered Brett Rathe and his boat for a pelagic this Friday, 26th Jan, from Sandspit, and is looking to defray his costs. He is offering places at NZ$150/person.

8am start, back late afternoon.

Anyone interested please email me in th efirst instance at : sav@wrybill-tours.com

Cheers]]>

An Aussie friend of mine has chartered Brett Rathe and his boat for a pelagic this Friday, 26th Jan, from Sandspit, and is looking to defray his costs. He is offering places at NZ$150/person.

8am start, back late afternoon.

Anyone interested please email me in th efirst instance at : sav@wrybill-tours.com

Cheers]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Seabird Bill Profile Cards :: Author Ian McLean]]> 2018-01-19T21:33:16+13:00 2018-01-19T21:33:16+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7478&p=35928#p35928 Does any one have any word or PDF document on file with a seabird Bill Profile Card suitable for beach patrolling ? I am looking for a document that I can email to people to print off & then laminate. I am also going to provide a supply to our Auckland, Birds New Zealand beach patrollers to help them identify the seabirds that they find & in particular the shearwaters, petrels & prions.
I have seen people using various versions of bill profile cards. The laminated one I was given many years ago (a copy of a copy) looks to be of Australian origin, as it mentions Great Winged Petrel instead of Grey Faced Petrel. If anyone has really good preferably New Zealand version on file, please email it to me on imclean@southernworld.com .
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Regards
Ian McLean

download/file.php?mode=view&id=6554

Attachments



Bill Profile Card.jpg (340.21 KiB)


]]>
Does any one have any word or PDF document on file with a seabird Bill Profile Card suitable for beach patrolling ? I am looking for a document that I can email to people to print off & then laminate. I am also going to provide a supply to our Auckland, Birds New Zealand beach patrollers to help them identify the seabirds that they find & in particular the shearwaters, petrels & prions.
I have seen people using various versions of bill profile cards. The laminated one I was given many years ago (a copy of a copy) looks to be of Australian origin, as it mentions Great Winged Petrel instead of Grey Faced Petrel. If anyone has really good preferably New Zealand version on file, please email it to me on imclean@southernworld.com .
Any assistance would be much appreciated.
Regards
Ian McLean

download/file.php?mode=view&id=6554

Attachments



Bill Profile Card.jpg (340.21 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Seabird Bill Profile Cards :: Reply by simon.fordham]]> 2018-01-20T09:26:50+13:00 2018-01-20T09:26:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7478&p=35934#p35934
The copy to which you refer is, as suspected, of Australian origin.

It can be found on the inside front and back covers of Simpson & Day's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.

Cheers
Simon]]>

The copy to which you refer is, as suspected, of Australian origin.

It can be found on the inside front and back covers of Simpson & Day's Field Guide to the Birds of Australia.

Cheers
Simon]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: cool non-birdy things one sees when out birding :: Author andrewcrossland]]> 2018-01-20T10:26:18+13:00 2018-01-20T10:26:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7481&p=35935#p35935
Anyway, here's a contribution to start things off - was doing a wader survey on the Avon-Heathcote Estuary a few days ago, and almost got my hat blown off my head by a low-flying spitfire! (now that may have been common place on the Thames estuary in 1940 but it sure ain't that common in post-quake CHCH).... Interested to hear what other folks have encountered?

20 Jan 2018 158.JPG

Attachments



20 Jan 2018 158.JPG (119 KiB)


]]>

Anyway, here's a contribution to start things off - was doing a wader survey on the Avon-Heathcote Estuary a few days ago, and almost got my hat blown off my head by a low-flying spitfire! (now that may have been common place on the Thames estuary in 1940 but it sure ain't that common in post-quake CHCH).... Interested to hear what other folks have encountered?

20 Jan 2018 158.JPG

Attachments



20 Jan 2018 158.JPG (119 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: cool non-birdy things one sees when out birding :: Reply by zarkov]]> 2018-01-20T16:18:07+13:00 2018-01-20T16:18:07+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7481&p=35947#p35947 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Black Kite - Blenheim. :: Reply by kengeorge]]> 2017-12-23T09:23:12+13:00 2017-12-23T09:23:12+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7236&p=35619#p35619

Attachments



No_02a.jpg (211.43 KiB)



No_03a.jpg (234.97 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



No_02a.jpg (211.43 KiB)



No_03a.jpg (234.97 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Rock Wrens Homer Tunnel :: Reply by psorrell]]> 2017-12-23T12:44:46+13:00 2017-12-23T12:44:46+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7367&p=35622#p35622
Paul Sorrell

Attachments



Rock wren, Homer Tunnel2(s).jpg (1363.83 KiB)



Rock wren, Homer Tunnel4(s).jpg (1212.48 KiB)



Rock wren with weta.jpg (786 KiB)


]]>

Paul Sorrell

Attachments



Rock wren, Homer Tunnel2(s).jpg (1363.83 KiB)



Rock wren, Homer Tunnel4(s).jpg (1212.48 KiB)



Rock wren with weta.jpg (786 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Rock Wrens Homer Tunnel :: Reply by CMKMStephens]]> 2017-12-23T18:13:31+13:00 2017-12-23T18:13:31+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7367&p=35628#p35628 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Little Waihi Update :: Author Tim Barnard]]> 2017-12-24T16:42:34+13:00 2017-12-24T16:42:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7386&p=35641#p35641
Merry Christmas

Tim]]>

Merry Christmas

Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Weka near Ohiwa :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2017-12-24T16:59:44+13:00 2017-12-25T07:36:26+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4782&p=35642#p35642 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Weka near Ohiwa :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2017-12-24T17:13:18+13:00 2017-12-24T17:13:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4782&p=35645#p35645
For what it's worth, Lisa and I also heard a single weka up the Waimana Valley on our big day (Ogilvies Bridge) which is also on ebird.

Russ]]>

For what it's worth, Lisa and I also heard a single weka up the Waimana Valley on our big day (Ogilvies Bridge) which is also on ebird.

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Weka near Ohiwa :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2017-12-24T19:25:23+13:00 2017-12-24T19:25:23+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4782&p=35648#p35648 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Omanu :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2017-12-24T15:30:57+13:00 2017-12-24T15:30:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5993&p=35638#p35638
Where abouts is this lake? Can't seem to find It on Google Earth using that name.

Russ C
Cambridge]]>

Where abouts is this lake? Can't seem to find It on Google Earth using that name.

Russ C
Cambridge]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Omanu :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> 2017-12-24T21:26:42+13:00 2017-12-24T21:26:42+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5993&p=35650#p35650
Lake Omanu.jpg

Attachments



Lake Omanu.jpg (225.12 KiB)


]]>
Lake Omanu.jpg

Attachments



Lake Omanu.jpg (225.12 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Omanu :: Reply by imogen]]> 2017-12-24T21:36:16+13:00 2017-12-24T21:36:16+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5993&p=35651#p35651 wellington@fishandgame.org.nz they will give you a permit. I usually get one for a week. The entrance is a little tricky to find. You need to look for the F&G sign which is a little beat up. The lake belongs jointly to F&G and the farmer, who is friendly. The track is a farm track and I've stopped driving on it because I don't want to damage my little car. I'll be walking the track from now on. The big lake is quite overgrown but there is reasonable access to the southern and western shore. Russ, next time you're this way, I'd be happy to show you.]]> wellington@fishandgame.org.nz they will give you a permit. I usually get one for a week. The entrance is a little tricky to find. You need to look for the F&G sign which is a little beat up. The lake belongs jointly to F&G and the farmer, who is friendly. The track is a farm track and I've stopped driving on it because I don't want to damage my little car. I'll be walking the track from now on. The big lake is quite overgrown but there is reasonable access to the southern and western shore. Russ, next time you're this way, I'd be happy to show you.]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Omanu :: Reply by imogen]]> 2017-12-25T11:58:29+13:00 2017-12-25T11:58:29+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5993&p=35655#p35655
31 species total
Black Swan
Paradise Shelduck
Mallard
Grey Teal
California Quail
Common Pheasant
Black Shag
Little Black Shag
Australasian Bittern
White-faced Heron
Swamp Harrier
Pukeko
Pied Stilt
Masked Lapwing
Red-billed Gull
Kelp Gull
Feral Pigeon
Grey Gerygone
Australian Magpie
Fantail
Eurasian Skylark
Welcome Swallow
Silver-eye
Eurasian Blackbird
Song Thrush
European Starling
Yellowhammer
Common Chaffinch
European Greenfinch
European Goldfinch
House Sparrow]]>

31 species total
Black Swan
Paradise Shelduck
Mallard
Grey Teal
California Quail
Common Pheasant
Black Shag
Little Black Shag
Australasian Bittern
White-faced Heron
Swamp Harrier
Pukeko
Pied Stilt
Masked Lapwing
Red-billed Gull
Kelp Gull
Feral Pigeon
Grey Gerygone
Australian Magpie
Fantail
Eurasian Skylark
Welcome Swallow
Silver-eye
Eurasian Blackbird
Song Thrush
European Starling
Yellowhammer
Common Chaffinch
European Greenfinch
European Goldfinch
House Sparrow]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Omanu :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2017-12-27T08:32:19+13:00 2017-12-27T08:32:19+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5993&p=35669#p35669
All the best,

Russ C]]>

All the best,

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Red-billed gulls Wairaka Rock - Pukerua Bay :: Reply by Jim_j]]> 2017-12-29T15:04:48+13:00 2017-12-29T15:04:48+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7218&p=35681#p35681
cheers
jim]]>

cheers
jim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Rifleman Days Bay :: Reply by sandyw]]> 2017-12-30T20:44:31+13:00 2017-12-30T20:44:31+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4406&p=35684#p35684

Attachments



DSCN7337x1.jpg (333.99 KiB)



DSCN7374x2.jpg (298.4 KiB)



DSCN7375x2.jpg (324.51 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



DSCN7337x1.jpg (333.99 KiB)



DSCN7374x2.jpg (298.4 KiB)



DSCN7375x2.jpg (324.51 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: King Penguin, Otago :: Author Richard Schofield]]> 2017-12-31T08:57:57+13:00 2017-12-31T08:57:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7403&p=35692#p35692 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed cuckoo arrivals :: Reply by sandyw]]> 2017-12-30T20:29:24+13:00 2017-12-30T20:29:24+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7105&p=35683#p35683
Other than a glimpse as one flew off, I could not see them but I videoed to capture the calls. The files are pretty big - 127 & 255 MB - not sure if I can load them here. Does anyone know how to separate out the audio to reduce file size?

Location Marchant ridge south of the site of the old Dobson Hut.]]>

Other than a glimpse as one flew off, I could not see them but I videoed to capture the calls. The files are pretty big - 127 & 255 MB - not sure if I can load them here. Does anyone know how to separate out the audio to reduce file size?

Location Marchant ridge south of the site of the old Dobson Hut.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed cuckoo arrivals :: Reply by AlanShaw]]> 2017-12-31T08:57:44+13:00 2017-12-31T08:57:44+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7105&p=35691#p35691 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed cuckoo arrivals :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> 2017-12-31T09:47:58+13:00 2017-12-31T09:47:58+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7105&p=35693#p35693 It's no longer included in W10, but can be dloaded and installed.]]> It's no longer included in W10, but can be dloaded and installed.]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed cuckoo arrivals :: Reply by Liam Ballard]]> 2017-12-31T12:03:01+13:00 2017-12-31T12:03:01+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7105&p=35695#p35695 ) you can use VLC or HandBrake, and failing that there are oodles of online converters that you can use for free without downloading anything. Just Google "mp4 to mp3 converter" or whatever you need and you'll be sorted :).]]> ) you can use VLC or HandBrake, and failing that there are oodles of online converters that you can use for free without downloading anything. Just Google "mp4 to mp3 converter" or whatever you need and you'll be sorted :).]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tui in Leithfield (North Canterbury) :: Reply by JoyLines]]> 2017-12-31T20:29:27+13:00 2017-12-31T20:29:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=2680&p=35697#p35697 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Marsh crake near French Pass :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-01T16:25:00+13:00 2018-01-01T16:25:00+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7405&p=35701#p35701
It was a great thrill to see a marsh crake on Rob & Anneke Schuckard's wetland on 29 December. This is the first record from the site since they constructed the wetland in 2001, and a rare record from the outer Marlborough Sounds (there are no previous records in eBird, OSNZ atlas scheme or HANZAB, but Rob was aware of an old record from d'Urville Island).

http://ebird.org/ebird/newzealand/view/checklist/S41485074

Colin Miskelly & Kate McAlpine]]>

It was a great thrill to see a marsh crake on Rob & Anneke Schuckard's wetland on 29 December. This is the first record from the site since they constructed the wetland in 2001, and a rare record from the outer Marlborough Sounds (there are no previous records in eBird, OSNZ atlas scheme or HANZAB, but Rob was aware of an old record from d'Urville Island).

http://ebird.org/ebird/newzealand/view/checklist/S41485074

Colin Miskelly & Kate McAlpine]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Plumed whistling ducks - Anderson Park, Taradale :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-01T16:31:32+13:00 2018-01-01T16:31:32+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=1376&p=35702#p35702
Russ C]]>

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Possible snipe record in the Waikato :: Author philbattley]]> 2018-01-03T10:05:27+13:00 2018-01-03T10:05:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7412&p=35719#p35719
Cheers, Phil]]>

Cheers, Phil]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Possible snipe record in the Waikato :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-03T10:57:41+13:00 2018-01-03T10:57:41+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7412&p=35720#p35720 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Banded rail north of Kaeo :: Author flossiepip]]> 2018-01-03T18:50:06+13:00 2018-01-03T18:50:06+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7414&p=35725#p35725 PC180964_1.JPGI saw one and possibly two Banded rail on a side road (metal) about three weeks ago. The tide was well in and the road runs through mangrove for some way and floods to the road on both sides at high tide. Though a side road it is rather busy and one had to worry for these birds as they seemed to like its dryness at high tide!
Unfortunately a few days later I found one dead in the road. However just recently I did see another one close by so hopefully they are still around.

Attachments



PC180964_1.JPG (417.35 KiB)


]]>
PC180964_1.JPGI saw one and possibly two Banded rail on a side road (metal) about three weeks ago. The tide was well in and the road runs through mangrove for some way and floods to the road on both sides at high tide. Though a side road it is rather busy and one had to worry for these birds as they seemed to like its dryness at high tide!
Unfortunately a few days later I found one dead in the road. However just recently I did see another one close by so hopefully they are still around.

Attachments



PC180964_1.JPG (417.35 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Brown Teal and Possible Chestnut Teal at Mangere :: Author John Woods]]> 2018-01-01T18:51:06+13:00 2018-01-01T18:51:06+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7407&p=35705#p35705

Attachments



Chestnut Teal.jpg (680.79 KiB)



Chestnut Teal & Grey Teal .jpg (1385.46 KiB)



Brown Teal.jpg (1226.32 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



Chestnut Teal.jpg (680.79 KiB)



Chestnut Teal & Grey Teal .jpg (1385.46 KiB)



Brown Teal.jpg (1226.32 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Brown Teal and Possible Chestnut Teal at Mangere :: Reply by erikforsyth]]> 2018-01-02T08:57:03+13:00 2018-01-02T08:57:03+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7407&p=35709#p35709
looks larger than the Grey Teal and very good for eclipse plumage Chestnut Teal.

Best wishes
Erik Forsyth
Rockjumper Birding Tours
www.rockjumperbirding.com]]>

looks larger than the Grey Teal and very good for eclipse plumage Chestnut Teal.

Best wishes
Erik Forsyth
Rockjumper Birding Tours
www.rockjumperbirding.com]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Brown Teal and Possible Chestnut Teal at Mangere :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-03T08:37:40+13:00 2018-01-03T08:37:40+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7407&p=35718#p35718
Russ C]]>

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Brown Teal and Possible Chestnut Teal at Mangere :: Reply by rukuhia]]> 2018-01-03T16:57:14+13:00 2018-01-03T16:57:14+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7407&p=35722#p35722

Attachments



IMG_6577.JPG (691.82 KiB)



IMG_6527.JPG (850.95 KiB)



IMG_6573.JPG (708.38 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



IMG_6577.JPG (691.82 KiB)



IMG_6527.JPG (850.95 KiB)



IMG_6573.JPG (708.38 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Brown Teal and Possible Chestnut Teal at Mangere :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-03T20:01:41+13:00 2018-01-03T20:01:41+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7407&p=35728#p35728 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Brown Teal and Possible Chestnut Teal at Mangere :: Reply by erikforsyth]]> 2018-01-03T21:23:44+13:00 2018-01-03T21:23:44+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7407&p=35731#p35731
cheers
Erik
Rockjumper Birding Tours]]>

cheers
Erik
Rockjumper Birding Tours]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Brown Teal and Possible Chestnut Teal at Mangere :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-04T09:40:45+13:00 2018-01-04T09:40:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7407&p=35739#p35739
Russ]]>

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Maketu/Little Waihi Update :: Author Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-04T13:57:26+13:00 2018-01-04T13:57:26+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7420&p=35746#p35746
Plenty of action on the ocean with 100's of Flutterers close to shore. The combination of rough seas and big tides will have an impact on late nesting terns, gulls etc on Maketu Spit.

Best wishes

Tim]]>

Plenty of action on the ocean with 100's of Flutterers close to shore. The combination of rough seas and big tides will have an impact on late nesting terns, gulls etc on Maketu Spit.

Best wishes

Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Author RussCannings]]> 2018-01-03T16:22:22+13:00 2018-01-04T07:59:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35721#p35721
If anyone is looking for somewhere new on the North Island to check out, I would highly recommend a few days in Whirinaki Te Pau-a-Tane Conservation Park (90km SE of Rotorua). http://www.doc.govt.nz/whirinaki

Lisa and I spent an afternoon, night, and morning there, but we will definitely be returning to spend more time. Whether you want short easy tracks, half-day tramps, or overnight hut missions, all are on offer in stunning podocarp, broadleaf, and beach forest. Like Pureora, as you approach this park it kind of seems like a let-down as you pass through old clear-cuts and pine plantations, overgrown with blackberry and broom etc. However, once in the park, it's impossible not to be in awe of the forest, giving you a true sense of what much of the North Island used to be like. Unlike Waikaremoana or much of the Ureweras, the hiking is actually quite easy in Whirinaki as you're mostly skirting along waterways or crossing easy-going hills. That means you can get to amazing waterfalls, trees, and lagoons without butt-kicking wall climbs.

There is not a lot of accommodation nearby but there are two campsites nearby along with many 'guerilla camp' spots tucked out of the way along the river, just before the main trail carpark.

On the first afternoon we hiked to Arohaki Lagoon (about a 2 hour round trip even though it says "3-4"), then Waiatiu Falls (Around 1 hour return). Then the next morning we hiked up to Whirinaki Falls and back (on either side of the river) which took around 4 hours with birding stops.

In general we found native forest birds like tomtit, robin, kaka, and whitehead to be abundant throughout, along with both species of cuckoo (We noted at least 10 different individual long-tails on the morning hike, including 4-5 seen). Kaka were always around and called throughout the night, and Yellow-crowned Kakariki were reasonably spread with fly-bys around every 30 min. We were fortunate enough to spot a family of Whio (Blue Duck) around halfway to Whirinaki Falls, and watched them for a while. It would be hard to find a more 'natural' looking river than the Whirinaki in this part of the park. It really feels like you're actually down in Fiordland along the Hollyford some of the time, with the beech-clad bluffs, clear water, and abundant birdlife with few people around (at least in the early morning or afternoon). We noted many Long-tailed Bats at dusk, with at least 6 visible above our tent site before some rain set in. Finally, a wonderful Arohaki is a wonderful gem and we were pleasantly surprised by the views and critter activity there. This site is somewhat reminiscent of Waihora Lagoon in Pureora but perhaps due to more consistent water levels, Waihora is even better. In addition to several frog species heard (Aussie golden bell frogs, and 1 yet to be identified), we noted a pair of Spotless Crakes, a pair of dabchick (quite remote way out here in the forest!), breeding Little Pied Cormorants, and no less than 25 pure-looking Grey Duck! (i.e. 4+ broods with all adults showing greyish legs/feet/bill, strong facial markings, green/black speculums, dark body plumage overall, and grey duck-like calls).

So that's just a taste! So if you haven't been, consider it for this summer or perhaps in the autumn. Could be a nice tie-in with a visit to Waikaremoana or the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>

If anyone is looking for somewhere new on the North Island to check out, I would highly recommend a few days in Whirinaki Te Pau-a-Tane Conservation Park (90km SE of Rotorua). http://www.doc.govt.nz/whirinaki

Lisa and I spent an afternoon, night, and morning there, but we will definitely be returning to spend more time. Whether you want short easy tracks, half-day tramps, or overnight hut missions, all are on offer in stunning podocarp, broadleaf, and beach forest. Like Pureora, as you approach this park it kind of seems like a let-down as you pass through old clear-cuts and pine plantations, overgrown with blackberry and broom etc. However, once in the park, it's impossible not to be in awe of the forest, giving you a true sense of what much of the North Island used to be like. Unlike Waikaremoana or much of the Ureweras, the hiking is actually quite easy in Whirinaki as you're mostly skirting along waterways or crossing easy-going hills. That means you can get to amazing waterfalls, trees, and lagoons without butt-kicking wall climbs.

There is not a lot of accommodation nearby but there are two campsites nearby along with many 'guerilla camp' spots tucked out of the way along the river, just before the main trail carpark.

On the first afternoon we hiked to Arohaki Lagoon (about a 2 hour round trip even though it says "3-4"), then Waiatiu Falls (Around 1 hour return). Then the next morning we hiked up to Whirinaki Falls and back (on either side of the river) which took around 4 hours with birding stops.

In general we found native forest birds like tomtit, robin, kaka, and whitehead to be abundant throughout, along with both species of cuckoo (We noted at least 10 different individual long-tails on the morning hike, including 4-5 seen). Kaka were always around and called throughout the night, and Yellow-crowned Kakariki were reasonably spread with fly-bys around every 30 min. We were fortunate enough to spot a family of Whio (Blue Duck) around halfway to Whirinaki Falls, and watched them for a while. It would be hard to find a more 'natural' looking river than the Whirinaki in this part of the park. It really feels like you're actually down in Fiordland along the Hollyford some of the time, with the beech-clad bluffs, clear water, and abundant birdlife with few people around (at least in the early morning or afternoon). We noted many Long-tailed Bats at dusk, with at least 6 visible above our tent site before some rain set in. Finally, a wonderful Arohaki is a wonderful gem and we were pleasantly surprised by the views and critter activity there. This site is somewhat reminiscent of Waihora Lagoon in Pureora but perhaps due to more consistent water levels, Waihora is even better. In addition to several frog species heard (Aussie golden bell frogs, and 1 yet to be identified), we noted a pair of Spotless Crakes, a pair of dabchick (quite remote way out here in the forest!), breeding Little Pied Cormorants, and no less than 25 pure-looking Grey Duck! (i.e. 4+ broods with all adults showing greyish legs/feet/bill, strong facial markings, green/black speculums, dark body plumage overall, and grey duck-like calls).

So that's just a taste! So if you haven't been, consider it for this summer or perhaps in the autumn. Could be a nice tie-in with a visit to Waikaremoana or the eastern Bay of Plenty.

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Reply by Peter Hodge]]> 2018-01-03T17:04:50+13:00 2018-01-03T17:04:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35723#p35723
Peter]]>

Peter]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-03T20:24:34+13:00 2018-01-03T20:24:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35729#p35729 Cheers
Tim]]>
Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-03T20:29:25+13:00 2018-01-03T20:29:25+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35730#p35730 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-03T21:35:11+13:00 2018-01-03T21:35:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35732#p35732 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-04T07:57:41+13:00 2018-01-04T07:57:41+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35736#p35736
Oscar--there is a chance a few RCPs are out there but I put a scope in a few birds and they were all YCs. Vocalizations all seemed consistent as well.

Russ]]>

Oscar--there is a chance a few RCPs are out there but I put a scope in a few birds and they were all YCs. Vocalizations all seemed consistent as well.

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> 2018-01-04T09:32:49+13:00 2018-01-04T09:32:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35738#p35738 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whirinaki Forest birding :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-04T14:07:52+13:00 2018-01-04T14:07:52+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7413&p=35747#p35747 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Storming the Bay of Plenty :: Author RussCannings]]> 2018-01-05T20:58:40+13:00 2018-01-05T20:58:40+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7429&p=35771#p35771
Today (Friday) I tried my best to cover the storm-swept Bay of Plenty. While the size of the a area makes this tricky enough, visibility offshore was frequently hampered by fog, mist, and glare, and my scope needed frequent desalinization treatments! On the plus side, I experienced very little rain the entire day which was a bit of a surprise as I could see that the hills were getting slammed. The coinciding 'King Tide' also made for tricky birding, mostly as it spread out the water/shore birds, but also because it flooded or even eroded away some roads.

I started the day around 6am near the base of Mt Maunganui. Flesh-footed and Fluttering Shearwaters were frequently seen offshore along with steady appearances of gannets and White-fronted Terns. A Little Penguin popped up for a split second, and my 'almost amazing' bird of the day was a possible (key word=possible) Brown Noddy which I only got onto as it flew directly away for a second or two then it disappeared behind a wave, never to be seen again. Definitely seemed like a large brown-backed tern-like thing (i.e. Not a shearwater), but the look was just not good enough. After that excitement things started to quiet down as I worked my way along the coast to Papamoa. The glare was getting horrible and the first of only 2 rain squalls picked up so I moved on to Maketu.

Got to Maketu several hours before high tide but due to the high rivers and storm surge, the estuary was pretty much full already. I checked through the godwit and knot flock on the Maketu side and picked out a lone turnstone but not much else out of the ordinary. After checking on the tern colony (which seemed okay), I moved around to the mouth of the Kaituna. By the time I got there, presumably the same godwit flock had shifted over to a flooded paddock there, joining around 8 golden plover, 1 whimbrel and an assortment of flooded-paddock-loving-birds which included a nearly all white Grey Teal (too windy for photographs I'm afraid!). A little worried that the rising Kaituna might cut me off from the main road, I boogied out of there and headed to the end of Pukehina Spit. Unfortunately by the time I got there the wind was so intense and the tide high, that all the small waders (e.g. dots and calidrids) were gone, but the Little Waihi godwit and knot flock were there. More Fleshies and Fluttering offshore however the sand was hitting my face so hard it made for pretty painful scoping so I moved on once again.

I drove straight to Hikuwai Beach east of Opotiki, noting a Weka foraging on the roadside at the Nukuhou saltmarsh, which is my personal record (I think?) for weka making their way along Ohiwa Harbour. I know Tim and others have seen them further west though. At Waiotahe and Hikuwai Beaches in Opotiki, the seabird situation was completely different to Tauranga and Maketu. Instead of sporadic Fleshies with a steady stream of Fluttering, there were hundreds of Buller's Shearwaters patrolling eastward, only about 100m offshore. This continued for the few hours I spent in the Opotiki area. Easily several thousand at least out there. Squinting into the glare and stinging sand, I did not pick out a single fleshie among them. Several Flutters about along with the usual gannets, and I eventually managed to confirm at least 3 Fairy Prion and 1 diving petrel.

From Hikuwai, I slowly made my way back, checking all flooded fields and most beach accesses. Needless to say, while I came across many gulls, none had black heads. Probably most of the Ohiwa godwits were flocking together on Ohiwa Spit on the king tide, however I was unable to pick out any whimbrel or tattler among them. 1 turnstone was the only 'stand out'. The other highlight here though was a trio of Arctic Skua that were floating together on the mainland side of Tern Island (Whangakopikopiko). Not often you see multiple jaegers rafting in a protected harbour so that was cool indeed. The same thing repeated on my return visit to Maketu as there were another 2 floating on the south side of the spit.

I stopped in at all the usual coastal access points on the way about to Tauranga but all were fairly uneventful (mostly because flooding had covered spits and offshore was a mess of muddy rollers... and that stinging sand!) other than the interesting experience of seeing White-fronted Terns roosting in weird places like parking lots, inland paddocks, dirt tracks, and some were even on someone's back lawn! Regarding the Maketu and Whangakopikopiko tern colonies, I wasn't sure how many young chicks or eggs might still have been out there, but the tide definitely swept through the bare sand areas. I did see numerous young juveniles at both sites after the big tide, and some chicks appeared to have walked uphill into the dune grass at Maketu.

So that's about it! Managed to stay relatively dry, but still very salty. Hope everyone has kept safe out there.

Good birding,

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>

Today (Friday) I tried my best to cover the storm-swept Bay of Plenty. While the size of the a area makes this tricky enough, visibility offshore was frequently hampered by fog, mist, and glare, and my scope needed frequent desalinization treatments! On the plus side, I experienced very little rain the entire day which was a bit of a surprise as I could see that the hills were getting slammed. The coinciding 'King Tide' also made for tricky birding, mostly as it spread out the water/shore birds, but also because it flooded or even eroded away some roads.

I started the day around 6am near the base of Mt Maunganui. Flesh-footed and Fluttering Shearwaters were frequently seen offshore along with steady appearances of gannets and White-fronted Terns. A Little Penguin popped up for a split second, and my 'almost amazing' bird of the day was a possible (key word=possible) Brown Noddy which I only got onto as it flew directly away for a second or two then it disappeared behind a wave, never to be seen again. Definitely seemed like a large brown-backed tern-like thing (i.e. Not a shearwater), but the look was just not good enough. After that excitement things started to quiet down as I worked my way along the coast to Papamoa. The glare was getting horrible and the first of only 2 rain squalls picked up so I moved on to Maketu.

Got to Maketu several hours before high tide but due to the high rivers and storm surge, the estuary was pretty much full already. I checked through the godwit and knot flock on the Maketu side and picked out a lone turnstone but not much else out of the ordinary. After checking on the tern colony (which seemed okay), I moved around to the mouth of the Kaituna. By the time I got there, presumably the same godwit flock had shifted over to a flooded paddock there, joining around 8 golden plover, 1 whimbrel and an assortment of flooded-paddock-loving-birds which included a nearly all white Grey Teal (too windy for photographs I'm afraid!). A little worried that the rising Kaituna might cut me off from the main road, I boogied out of there and headed to the end of Pukehina Spit. Unfortunately by the time I got there the wind was so intense and the tide high, that all the small waders (e.g. dots and calidrids) were gone, but the Little Waihi godwit and knot flock were there. More Fleshies and Fluttering offshore however the sand was hitting my face so hard it made for pretty painful scoping so I moved on once again.

I drove straight to Hikuwai Beach east of Opotiki, noting a Weka foraging on the roadside at the Nukuhou saltmarsh, which is my personal record (I think?) for weka making their way along Ohiwa Harbour. I know Tim and others have seen them further west though. At Waiotahe and Hikuwai Beaches in Opotiki, the seabird situation was completely different to Tauranga and Maketu. Instead of sporadic Fleshies with a steady stream of Fluttering, there were hundreds of Buller's Shearwaters patrolling eastward, only about 100m offshore. This continued for the few hours I spent in the Opotiki area. Easily several thousand at least out there. Squinting into the glare and stinging sand, I did not pick out a single fleshie among them. Several Flutters about along with the usual gannets, and I eventually managed to confirm at least 3 Fairy Prion and 1 diving petrel.

From Hikuwai, I slowly made my way back, checking all flooded fields and most beach accesses. Needless to say, while I came across many gulls, none had black heads. Probably most of the Ohiwa godwits were flocking together on Ohiwa Spit on the king tide, however I was unable to pick out any whimbrel or tattler among them. 1 turnstone was the only 'stand out'. The other highlight here though was a trio of Arctic Skua that were floating together on the mainland side of Tern Island (Whangakopikopiko). Not often you see multiple jaegers rafting in a protected harbour so that was cool indeed. The same thing repeated on my return visit to Maketu as there were another 2 floating on the south side of the spit.

I stopped in at all the usual coastal access points on the way about to Tauranga but all were fairly uneventful (mostly because flooding had covered spits and offshore was a mess of muddy rollers... and that stinging sand!) other than the interesting experience of seeing White-fronted Terns roosting in weird places like parking lots, inland paddocks, dirt tracks, and some were even on someone's back lawn! Regarding the Maketu and Whangakopikopiko tern colonies, I wasn't sure how many young chicks or eggs might still have been out there, but the tide definitely swept through the bare sand areas. I did see numerous young juveniles at both sites after the big tide, and some chicks appeared to have walked uphill into the dune grass at Maketu.

So that's about it! Managed to stay relatively dry, but still very salty. Hope everyone has kept safe out there.

Good birding,

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Storming the Bay of Plenty :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-06T08:24:34+13:00 2018-01-06T08:24:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7429&p=35772#p35772 Thanks for the upates ...
All the best
Tim]]>
Thanks for the upates ...
All the best
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Emu in n.z :: Reply by lloydesler]]> 2018-01-04T07:10:18+13:00 2018-01-04T07:10:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6468&p=35735#p35735 Cheers
Lloyd]]>
Cheers
Lloyd]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Emu in n.z :: Reply by Wandoona]]> 2018-01-05T07:29:55+13:00 2018-01-05T07:29:55+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6468&p=35751#p35751 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Emu in n.z :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-05T08:24:33+13:00 2018-01-05T08:24:33+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6468&p=35755#p35755
Twitcher50 wrote:Hello we saw emu on 9 oct 2016 just before we got to Marokopa in field at side of road.pete williamson visiting birder from england

I was talking to an old guy at a Christmas do in mid-December who said there were feral "ostriches" south of Kawhia - he's not a birder, but has a lot of back-country knowledge and experience. I asked him if they could have been emus, but he seemed quite definite. All the same I suspect Pete Williamson's ID is more likely. Could be worth keeping an eye out if passing through that way.]]>
Twitcher50 wrote:Hello we saw emu on 9 oct 2016 just before we got to Marokopa in field at side of road.pete williamson visiting birder from england

I was talking to an old guy at a Christmas do in mid-December who said there were feral "ostriches" south of Kawhia - he's not a birder, but has a lot of back-country knowledge and experience. I asked him if they could have been emus, but he seemed quite definite. All the same I suspect Pete Williamson's ID is more likely. Could be worth keeping an eye out if passing through that way.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Emu in n.z :: Reply by rukuhia]]> 2018-01-05T13:00:47+13:00 2018-01-05T13:00:47+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6468&p=35761#p35761 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Emu in n.z :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-06T08:52:50+13:00 2018-01-06T08:52:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6468&p=35774#p35774 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2017-12-22T18:05:08+13:00 2017-12-22T18:05:08+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35609#p35609
Russ

Ps Water is great for swimming!]]>

Russ

Ps Water is great for swimming!]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2017-12-23T15:45:49+13:00 2017-12-23T15:45:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35625#p35625
Tim

Attachments



WT_Rotoiti.jpg (104.53 KiB)



IMG_2833.jpg (107.5 KiB)


]]>

Tim

Attachments



WT_Rotoiti.jpg (104.53 KiB)



IMG_2833.jpg (107.5 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2017-12-23T17:18:45+13:00 2017-12-23T17:18:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35626#p35626 viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7229

Attachments



IMG_2788.jpg (148.13 KiB)


]]>
viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7229

Attachments



IMG_2788.jpg (148.13 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2017-12-23T17:58:16+13:00 2017-12-23T17:58:16+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35627#p35627
Your suggestion is intriguing but I don't see the same contrast between the white cheeks and ear coverts compared to the Grey throat. Julian's bird also seems thicker necked with a brighter bill and more rounded cap to my eye. Finally the dark belly is not evident in Julian's photo. Some of these points could be explained away by angle/resolution or perhaps molt but if still lean toward this being a different bird.

Russ C]]>

Your suggestion is intriguing but I don't see the same contrast between the white cheeks and ear coverts compared to the Grey throat. Julian's bird also seems thicker necked with a brighter bill and more rounded cap to my eye. Finally the dark belly is not evident in Julian's photo. Some of these points could be explained away by angle/resolution or perhaps molt but if still lean toward this being a different bird.

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by Mike Vincent]]> 2017-12-23T18:41:56+13:00 2017-12-23T18:41:56+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35629#p35629 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2017-12-24T16:36:41+13:00 2017-12-24T16:36:41+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35639#p35639 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2017-12-28T18:20:29+13:00 2017-12-28T18:20:29+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35676#p35676 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2017-12-29T08:48:18+13:00 2017-12-29T08:48:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35680#p35680 Cheers
Tim]]>
Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-03T19:58:48+13:00 2018-01-03T19:58:48+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35727#p35727 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by JFDillon]]> 2018-01-05T19:36:09+13:00 2018-01-05T19:36:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35767#p35767 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by JFDillon]]> 2018-01-06T18:11:45+13:00 2018-01-06T18:11:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7370&p=35782#p35782 ]]> ]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Australian Wood Duck - Mapua Nelson. :: Reply by CMKMStephens]]> 2018-01-07T12:07:42+13:00 2018-01-07T12:07:42+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=5523&p=35784#p35784
Later in the day went to Hoddy's Pond, and found eight, which were all lurking under the trees in the far side of the pond (it was HOT).

Nelson 192 (Custom).JPG

Attachments



Nelson 192 (Custom).JPG (346.22 KiB)


]]>

Later in the day went to Hoddy's Pond, and found eight, which were all lurking under the trees in the far side of the pond (it was HOT).

Nelson 192 (Custom).JPG

Attachments



Nelson 192 (Custom).JPG (346.22 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Frigatebird - Hauraki Gulf :: Author George Hobson]]> 2018-01-07T18:06:57+13:00 2018-01-07T18:06:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7436&p=35787#p35787
Frigatebird.PNG

Attachments



Frigatebird.PNG (100.26 KiB)


]]>

Frigatebird.PNG

Attachments



Frigatebird.PNG (100.26 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird - Hauraki Gulf :: Reply by Liam Ballard]]> 2018-01-07T20:49:07+13:00 2018-01-07T20:49:07+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7436&p=35789#p35789 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: NZ dotterels at Waikanae River estuary :: Reply by Alan Tennyson]]> 2018-01-02T23:45:21+13:00 2018-01-02T23:45:21+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7228&p=35717#p35717 cheers
Alan]]>
cheers
Alan]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: NZ dotterels at Waikanae River estuary :: Reply by boneywhitefoot]]> 2018-01-05T07:36:01+13:00 2018-01-05T07:36:01+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7228&p=35752#p35752 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: NZ dotterels at Waikanae River estuary :: Reply by Alan Tennyson]]> 2018-01-08T10:28:42+13:00 2018-01-08T10:28:42+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7228&p=35794#p35794 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: NZ dotterels at Waikanae River estuary :: Reply by boneywhitefoot]]> 2018-01-08T11:40:50+13:00 2018-01-08T11:40:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7228&p=35795#p35795 It was agreed that we would contact doc and either ask to remove the eggs so that the 2 females could get on with their lives and not waste time as the eggs were infertile and offer the eggs to them or on their advise leave as is.
Hours later one of our members went to check the nest and the eggs were gone.]]>
It was agreed that we would contact doc and either ask to remove the eggs so that the 2 females could get on with their lives and not waste time as the eggs were infertile and offer the eggs to them or on their advise leave as is.
Hours later one of our members went to check the nest and the eggs were gone.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: King shag roost visible from Cook Strait ferries :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-05T20:15:44+13:00 2018-01-05T20:15:44+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7426&p=35768#p35768
If you have a good pair of binoculars, there is a small king shag roost on a headland between Blackwood Bay and Ruakaka Bay on the northern side of Queen Charlotte Sound, west of Tory Channel (note that the inner section of Queen Charlotte Sound runs approx west to east). We suspect this is the headland east of Okahu Bay, but it is conspicuously splashed white with guano, even if the birds are hard to make out. We saw ten king shags there from water taxis on both 20 and 22 December and at least three there from Bluebridge ferry this afternoon (note that water taxis travel closer to the northern shoreline than the Cook Strait ferries do).

Approximate location on images pasted here.

Colin Miskelly & Kate McAlpine

Attachments



King shag map 2 resized.jpg (74.31 KiB)



King shag map 1 resized.jpg (144.56 KiB)


]]>

If you have a good pair of binoculars, there is a small king shag roost on a headland between Blackwood Bay and Ruakaka Bay on the northern side of Queen Charlotte Sound, west of Tory Channel (note that the inner section of Queen Charlotte Sound runs approx west to east). We suspect this is the headland east of Okahu Bay, but it is conspicuously splashed white with guano, even if the birds are hard to make out. We saw ten king shags there from water taxis on both 20 and 22 December and at least three there from Bluebridge ferry this afternoon (note that water taxis travel closer to the northern shoreline than the Cook Strait ferries do).

Approximate location on images pasted here.

Colin Miskelly & Kate McAlpine

Attachments



King shag map 2 resized.jpg (74.31 KiB)



King shag map 1 resized.jpg (144.56 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: King shag roost visible from Cook Strait ferries :: Reply by Jim_j]]> 2018-01-07T17:32:11+13:00 2018-01-07T17:32:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7426&p=35786#p35786
cheer
jim]]>

cheer
jim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: King shag roost visible from Cook Strait ferries :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-08T16:07:18+13:00 2018-01-08T16:07:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7426&p=35796#p35796 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Curlew, heard Sandy Bay Marahau. :: Author Stumpy]]> 2018-01-08T19:58:18+13:00 2018-01-08T19:58:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7441&p=35800#p35800 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Curlew, heard Sandy Bay Marahau. :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-08T21:00:45+13:00 2018-01-08T21:00:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7441&p=35801#p35801
Is there a 1% chance that it could have been a weka?

Cheers
Colin]]>

Is there a 1% chance that it could have been a weka?

Cheers
Colin]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: upper hutt birdwatching :: Reply by c0nz]]> 2018-01-08T21:31:29+13:00 2018-01-08T21:31:29+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7172&p=35802#p35802 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Cook Strait – mix of northern and southern birds :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-05T20:38:34+13:00 2018-01-05T20:38:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7427&p=35769#p35769
An interesting mix of species today, including a couple that I have not seen from the ferry previously. The following list is from the exit from Tory Channel to where the ferry turned into the entrance to Wellington Harbour.

Little penguin 2
Northern royal albatross 1
White-capped mollymawk 2
Salvin’s mollymawk 2
Northern giant petrel 2
Grey-faced petrel 2
Cook’s petrel 1
Antarctic or Salvin’s prion 1
Fairy prion 150
Westland petrel 1
Buller’s shearwater 8
Flesh-footed shearwater 4
Sooty shearwater 2
Fluttering shearwater 56
Hutton’s shearwater 2
Grey-backed storm petrel 1
White-faced storm petrel 6
Australasian gannet 1
Southern black-backed gull 1
White-fronted tern 2

Colin Miskelly]]>

An interesting mix of species today, including a couple that I have not seen from the ferry previously. The following list is from the exit from Tory Channel to where the ferry turned into the entrance to Wellington Harbour.

Little penguin 2
Northern royal albatross 1
White-capped mollymawk 2
Salvin’s mollymawk 2
Northern giant petrel 2
Grey-faced petrel 2
Cook’s petrel 1
Antarctic or Salvin’s prion 1
Fairy prion 150
Westland petrel 1
Buller’s shearwater 8
Flesh-footed shearwater 4
Sooty shearwater 2
Fluttering shearwater 56
Hutton’s shearwater 2
Grey-backed storm petrel 1
White-faced storm petrel 6
Australasian gannet 1
Southern black-backed gull 1
White-fronted tern 2

Colin Miskelly]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Cook Strait – mix of northern and southern birds :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-09T12:57:37+13:00 2018-01-09T12:57:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7427&p=35808#p35808
I had
2 young southern Royals,
1 Northern Royal albatross,
2 blackbrowed/Campbell’s
4 Salvins,
10 or so White capped albatross
2 northern giant petrels
4 Westland petrels
6 sooty shearwaters
1 short tailed shear (probable)
6 bullers shearwaters
1-2 Fleshfooted shearwater (probable)
100+ fluttering shearwaters
5+ huttons shearwaters
4 white faced storm petrels with a possible greybacked that zoomed past way too quickly to get my binoculars on it
150+ fairy prions, with a couple of possible Antarctic/Salvins
And atleast one cooks petrel but again with the wind they were scooting past so quickly you’d blink and miss them.
Three little blue penguins,
Half a dozen gannets,
White fronted tern,
Red billed Gull

And four king shags at the roost mentioned in your other post.]]>

I had
2 young southern Royals,
1 Northern Royal albatross,
2 blackbrowed/Campbell’s
4 Salvins,
10 or so White capped albatross
2 northern giant petrels
4 Westland petrels
6 sooty shearwaters
1 short tailed shear (probable)
6 bullers shearwaters
1-2 Fleshfooted shearwater (probable)
100+ fluttering shearwaters
5+ huttons shearwaters
4 white faced storm petrels with a possible greybacked that zoomed past way too quickly to get my binoculars on it
150+ fairy prions, with a couple of possible Antarctic/Salvins
And atleast one cooks petrel but again with the wind they were scooting past so quickly you’d blink and miss them.
Three little blue penguins,
Half a dozen gannets,
White fronted tern,
Red billed Gull

And four king shags at the roost mentioned in your other post.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Unidentified Petrel - Lake Tarawera :: Author Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-08T18:01:42+13:00 2018-01-08T18:01:42+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7438&p=35797#p35797
It was seen near the entrance to the Tarawera Landing inlet.

Cheers

Tim]]>

It was seen near the entrance to the Tarawera Landing inlet.

Cheers

Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Unidentified Petrel - Lake Tarawera :: Reply by bizbell]]> 2018-01-08T22:56:10+13:00 2018-01-08T22:56:10+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7438&p=35803#p35803
Cam Speedy reported seeing an adult black petrel being chased by a black-billed gull on Lake Taupo (near the Tongariro Delta) on 7 January 2018. The birds flew past his boat about 20 metres away. He described the black petrel having brownish plumage but heavy set bill. Cam is very experienced and knows black petrels very well.

Not dark-bill like the sighting reported at Lake Tarawera, but could be related.

Cheers,
Biz]]>

Cam Speedy reported seeing an adult black petrel being chased by a black-billed gull on Lake Taupo (near the Tongariro Delta) on 7 January 2018. The birds flew past his boat about 20 metres away. He described the black petrel having brownish plumage but heavy set bill. Cam is very experienced and knows black petrels very well.

Not dark-bill like the sighting reported at Lake Tarawera, but could be related.

Cheers,
Biz]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Unidentified Petrel - Lake Tarawera :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-09T17:06:17+13:00 2018-01-09T17:06:17+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7438&p=35813#p35813 Thanks for that. Those winds have obviously spread birds far and wide. I have seen Grey-faced Petrel on Lake Rotorua before and picked up a live bird from Lynmore a few years ago. I guess a lot more get blown inland but go unoticed most of the time.

Back to Lake Tarawera, I saw the bird today from Rangiuru Bay briefly. Unfortunately it was distant and flying away so its going to have to remain unidentified for a little longer.

Cheers
Tim]]>
Thanks for that. Those winds have obviously spread birds far and wide. I have seen Grey-faced Petrel on Lake Rotorua before and picked up a live bird from Lynmore a few years ago. I guess a lot more get blown inland but go unoticed most of the time.

Back to Lake Tarawera, I saw the bird today from Rangiuru Bay briefly. Unfortunately it was distant and flying away so its going to have to remain unidentified for a little longer.

Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by ledzep]]> 2018-01-01T19:06:35+13:00 2018-01-01T19:06:35+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=35706#p35706 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by Olwen]]> 2018-01-02T09:25:54+13:00 2018-01-02T09:25:54+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=35710#p35710 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by ledzep]]> 2018-01-04T10:54:04+13:00 2018-01-04T10:54:04+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=35741#p35741

Attachments



Parakeets.jpg (122.09 KiB)



Kaka.jpg (266.64 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



Parakeets.jpg (122.09 KiB)



Kaka.jpg (266.64 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-10T08:13:09+13:00 2018-01-10T08:13:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=35818#p35818
Colin & Kate]]>

Colin & Kate]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: White-naped Petrel off Kaikoura :: Author sav]]> 2018-01-05T17:06:31+13:00 2018-01-05T17:06:31+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7425&p=35764#p35764
Gaz Melville photographed a White-naped Petrel from the Albatross Encounters boat today. Hopefully the pics will be on their Facebook page soon.

The species is extremely rare off the NZ mainland, and I think there might be only one other South Island record (and that was off Stewart).

What else is out there?

cheers]]>

Gaz Melville photographed a White-naped Petrel from the Albatross Encounters boat today. Hopefully the pics will be on their Facebook page soon.

The species is extremely rare off the NZ mainland, and I think there might be only one other South Island record (and that was off Stewart).

What else is out there?

cheers]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: White-naped Petrel off Kaikoura :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-05T17:35:22+13:00 2018-01-05T17:35:22+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7425&p=35765#p35765
What a fantastic report, good old Gaz always seems to find the odd brilliant bird. I guess it helps being out there all the time!]]>

What a fantastic report, good old Gaz always seems to find the odd brilliant bird. I guess it helps being out there all the time!]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: White-naped Petrel off Kaikoura :: Reply by Jan]]> 2018-01-10T15:04:38+13:00 2018-01-10T15:04:38+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7425&p=35823#p35823 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by Chris Bindon]]> 2018-01-09T12:46:46+13:00 2018-01-09T12:46:46+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35807#p35807
I was just wondering if anyone had an update on how the recent Blenheim oxidation pond breeding had all gone for the Ibis nesting there and if the recent cyclone had caused any issues for the birds please?

Thanks,

Chris]]>

I was just wondering if anyone had an update on how the recent Blenheim oxidation pond breeding had all gone for the Ibis nesting there and if the recent cyclone had caused any issues for the birds please?

Thanks,

Chris]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by Bill F Cash]]> 2018-01-09T15:54:53+13:00 2018-01-09T15:54:53+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35810#p35810 Then on 11th Dec 2017 I visited the Dillions Point Rd site and managed to click off a couple of ok photos of glossy ibis. Adults were still in relatively good plumage but it was the duller smaller birds that took my interest. There were atleast two maybe three. Can anyone confirm ir these are recently fledge chicks or are they one year old birds.

Attachments


Adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile ?
DSC00665.jpg (1208.84 KiB)
Adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile ?

]]>
Then on 11th Dec 2017 I visited the Dillions Point Rd site and managed to click off a couple of ok photos of glossy ibis. Adults were still in relatively good plumage but it was the duller smaller birds that took my interest. There were atleast two maybe three. Can anyone confirm ir these are recently fledge chicks or are they one year old birds.

Attachments


Adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile ?
DSC00665.jpg (1208.84 KiB)
Adult Glossy Ibis and juvenile ?

]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by Neil Robertson]]> 2018-01-10T08:13:06+13:00 2018-01-10T08:13:06+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35817#p35817 On 1st December there were eight birds noted by the Wrybill group, 2 adults and 6 juveniles. Can't comment on the effect of the cyclone though.]]> On 1st December there were eight birds noted by the Wrybill group, 2 adults and 6 juveniles. Can't comment on the effect of the cyclone though.]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by sav]]> 2018-01-10T09:43:35+13:00 2018-01-10T09:43:35+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35821#p35821
The "duller, smaller" bird is a newly fledged one. The best clue is the shape and size of the bill. If it were last year's young it's bill would be the same size as the adult.
cheers]]>

The "duller, smaller" bird is a newly fledged one. The best clue is the shape and size of the bill. If it were last year's young it's bill would be the same size as the adult.
cheers]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by Chris Bindon]]> 2018-01-11T08:46:41+13:00 2018-01-11T08:46:41+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35832#p35832
What is the trigger mechanism to reclassify the species officially, from "vagrant" to a "native" species please? What threshold needs to be passed for this to happen and who actually makes that call for such a change please? I'm quite interested in how this process works and so should this eventually happen, how that all comes about.

Many thanks,

Chris]]>

What is the trigger mechanism to reclassify the species officially, from "vagrant" to a "native" species please? What threshold needs to be passed for this to happen and who actually makes that call for such a change please? I'm quite interested in how this process works and so should this eventually happen, how that all comes about.

Many thanks,

Chris]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-11T08:50:26+13:00 2018-01-11T08:50:26+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35833#p35833
The thresholds are explained in the NZ Threat Classification manual, which should be accessible as pdf via the DOC website:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/science-and-technical/sap244.pdf

Cheers
Colin]]>

The thresholds are explained in the NZ Threat Classification manual, which should be accessible as pdf via the DOC website:

http://www.doc.govt.nz/Documents/science-and-technical/sap244.pdf

Cheers
Colin]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by fras444]]> 2018-01-11T10:41:50+13:00 2018-01-11T10:41:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35834#p35834
I've heard the isbis mentioned now as native, our "newest native species" by the bug man.... funny, a term that was used by wingspan to promote the barn owl and on bird of the year etc.. but..... This term seems to have been lost on this, just as important/amazing newest arrival to our avian collection.... The Glossy Isbis...... although....
Is it now the wood duck, our newest native species?????]]>

I've heard the isbis mentioned now as native, our "newest native species" by the bug man.... funny, a term that was used by wingspan to promote the barn owl and on bird of the year etc.. but..... This term seems to have been lost on this, just as important/amazing newest arrival to our avian collection.... The Glossy Isbis...... although....
Is it now the wood duck, our newest native species?????]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy Ibis nesting Wairau Lagoons :: Reply by fras444]]> 2018-01-11T13:29:26+13:00 2018-01-11T13:29:26+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7199&p=35835#p35835
1.Native Coloniser
A bird become a Coloniser native when they get here on their own and once they have successfully bred and got a few generations going Barn Owl, Wood duck, Glossy Isbis

2. Native... once a bird has been here for a couple of human generations. When we forget that a bird flew over from Australia and that bird loses its coloniser tag and becomes a native species. Silvereye, white faced heron, pied stilts and Grey teal are some examples

3. True Natives.
This next step is what I call the true natives. Birds that have been around for a very long time and have begun showing the beginning stages of the transition phase. Where birds such as harriers Pukekos start showing a few unique behavioral changes and start heading into the subspecies bracket.

4. Are you a Native or a Subspecies
This section we see birds that have been in NZ for a very long time and potentially have started the process in becoming a Subspecies.... Not sure if this is argued in the scientific community but birds like the kingfisher and shovler get the NZ in the front and have potentially started showing signs in different colours and behaviours. Grey duck is another species that I guess has never quite been officially regarded as a Subspecies??? Are Fantails and Moreporks still in this category or inbetween this and step 5????

5. Subspecies.
I guess this is the 5th and final step before becoming a fully fledged endemic species.
From what I understand... to become a Subspecies you need to have clear genetic/DNA differences to a species you originate from and have some behavioral/colour and or size differences.....???? Pied shag, Red-billed gull and Fairy tern to name a few... In regards to the Fairy tern... You are also entitled to some DOC support should you be in need of it?

I'm no scientist but this is what I came up with a long time ago and it would be awesome if some expert filled in the gaps or corrects this in anyway. :) ;)]]>

1.Native Coloniser
A bird become a Coloniser native when they get here on their own and once they have successfully bred and got a few generations going Barn Owl, Wood duck, Glossy Isbis

2. Native... once a bird has been here for a couple of human generations. When we forget that a bird flew over from Australia and that bird loses its coloniser tag and becomes a native species. Silvereye, white faced heron, pied stilts and Grey teal are some examples

3. True Natives.
This next step is what I call the true natives. Birds that have been around for a very long time and have begun showing the beginning stages of the transition phase. Where birds such as harriers Pukekos start showing a few unique behavioral changes and start heading into the subspecies bracket.

4. Are you a Native or a Subspecies
This section we see birds that have been in NZ for a very long time and potentially have started the process in becoming a Subspecies.... Not sure if this is argued in the scientific community but birds like the kingfisher and shovler get the NZ in the front and have potentially started showing signs in different colours and behaviours. Grey duck is another species that I guess has never quite been officially regarded as a Subspecies??? Are Fantails and Moreporks still in this category or inbetween this and step 5????

5. Subspecies.
I guess this is the 5th and final step before becoming a fully fledged endemic species.
From what I understand... to become a Subspecies you need to have clear genetic/DNA differences to a species you originate from and have some behavioral/colour and or size differences.....???? Pied shag, Red-billed gull and Fairy tern to name a few... In regards to the Fairy tern... You are also entitled to some DOC support should you be in need of it?

I'm no scientist but this is what I came up with a long time ago and it would be awesome if some expert filled in the gaps or corrects this in anyway. :) ;)]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: White-fronted Tern - Lake Rotoiti :: Author Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-07T15:44:39+13:00 2018-01-07T15:44:39+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7435&p=35785#p35785 Cheers
Tim]]>
Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: White-fronted Tern - Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-07T19:59:26+13:00 2018-01-07T19:59:26+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7435&p=35788#p35788

Attachments



WFT.Rotoiti.jpg (63.53 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



WFT.Rotoiti.jpg (63.53 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: White-fronted Tern - Lake Rotoiti :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-11T21:07:02+13:00 2018-01-11T21:07:02+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7435&p=35841#p35841 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: White variable oyster catcher - not Blanche :: Author robhann]]> 2018-01-12T19:31:50+13:00 2018-01-12T19:31:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7453&p=35850#p35850 robhann@slingshot.co.nz. Rob Morton]]> robhann@slingshot.co.nz. Rob Morton]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Australian King Parrot :: Reply by BruceB]]> 2018-01-12T19:34:02+13:00 2018-01-12T19:34:02+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7336&p=35851#p35851

Attachments



australian-king-parrot.JPG (530.21 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



australian-king-parrot.JPG (530.21 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Byrd]]> 2017-12-23T09:49:34+13:00 2017-12-23T09:49:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35620#p35620
I'm not sure if my best strategy, given I'd be limited on time and would be on foot, would be to just wait at the wharf (which would be easiest) or walk out to Hikuwai Beach and hang out there (which seems most likely to succeed).]]>

I'm not sure if my best strategy, given I'd be limited on time and would be on foot, would be to just wait at the wharf (which would be easiest) or walk out to Hikuwai Beach and hang out there (which seems most likely to succeed).]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2017-12-23T10:56:40+13:00 2017-12-23T10:56:40+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35621#p35621 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Byrd]]> 2017-12-23T15:18:24+13:00 2017-12-23T15:18:24+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35624#p35624

Looking on Google maps, using Russ' markers, it isn't far at all to walk between the wharf and Hikuwai Beach.]]>


Looking on Google maps, using Russ' markers, it isn't far at all to walk between the wharf and Hikuwai Beach.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2017-12-24T16:40:14+13:00 2017-12-24T16:40:14+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35640#p35640 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Grahame]]> 2017-12-26T18:42:05+13:00 2017-12-26T18:42:05+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35664#p35664 Grahame]]> Grahame]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2017-12-28T18:17:31+13:00 2017-12-28T18:17:31+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35675#p35675 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2017-12-30T11:35:49+13:00 2017-12-30T11:35:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35682#p35682 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> 2018-01-10T20:14:09+13:00 2018-01-10T20:14:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35824#p35824 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Pat Miller]]> 2018-01-10T21:03:35+13:00 2018-01-10T21:03:35+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35826#p35826
Seems to me like the bird may have gone back to where it spent the winter when nobody saw it, and the people who saw it earlier in December at Opotiki just fluked it on a flyby! Unless they haven't reported it, it seems nobody has sighted it since the mid December sightings, and you might have to look further afield.

Clinton9, how long is it likely to stay in breeding plumage?

Pat]]>

Seems to me like the bird may have gone back to where it spent the winter when nobody saw it, and the people who saw it earlier in December at Opotiki just fluked it on a flyby! Unless they haven't reported it, it seems nobody has sighted it since the mid December sightings, and you might have to look further afield.

Clinton9, how long is it likely to stay in breeding plumage?

Pat]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Clinton9]]> 2018-01-10T22:01:13+13:00 2018-01-10T22:01:13+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35827#p35827 I think this laughing gull had gone migrating back to USA. The breeding plumage don't start to moult until July in USA.
In USA the breeding plumages are on March to July, with nonbreeding plumage feathers start to moult on February.

As I studied moults of Red-billed gulls, adult Red-billed gulls start to moult into breeding plumages on average July and finishes on average October, with wing moults start average January and finishes on average May.]]>
I think this laughing gull had gone migrating back to USA. The breeding plumage don't start to moult until July in USA.
In USA the breeding plumages are on March to July, with nonbreeding plumage feathers start to moult on February.

As I studied moults of Red-billed gulls, adult Red-billed gulls start to moult into breeding plumages on average July and finishes on average October, with wing moults start average January and finishes on average May.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-11T08:13:42+13:00 2018-01-11T08:13:42+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35831#p35831
Russ]]>

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Pat Miller]]> 2018-01-13T10:23:50+13:00 2018-01-13T10:23:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35855#p35855 Pat]]> Pat]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-13T11:21:03+13:00 2018-01-13T11:21:03+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35856#p35856
Russ C]]>

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Laughing gull in breeding plumage, Opotiki :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> 2018-01-13T14:57:23+13:00 2018-01-13T14:57:23+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7359&p=35860#p35860 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: White-winged Black Tern - Tokaanu Wharf :: Author Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-13T19:26:40+13:00 2018-01-13T19:26:40+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7457&p=35866#p35866
Started this thread as I was wondering whether they could be breeding down there. This bird appeared to be in pristine BP. Might be a nice little project to follow up on ...

Cheers
Tim]]>

Started this thread as I was wondering whether they could be breeding down there. This bird appeared to be in pristine BP. Might be a nice little project to follow up on ...

Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Eastland & Mahia Birding :: Author RussCannings]]> 2018-01-14T16:20:27+13:00 2018-01-14T16:20:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7459&p=35875#p35875
Lisa and I have recently returned from a 6 day camping roadie around the East Cape (from Opotiki around to Gisborne), as well as a day trip to the Mahia Peninsula. This is truly one of NZ's most beautiful areas, and for anyone looking to get away from the 'usual' spots, there are plenty to choose from out there. Starting on the north coast, we camped at Maraehako Bay, Te Araroa, and Anaura Bay (all fabulous spots!), then stayed with friends in Gizzy before heading home via one night at the Ohiwa Holiday Park. Our daily routine mainly consisted off checking out every rivermouth (For birds) and beach (for swims) along the way, with a few jaunts into towns or native bush. I was pleased to note bellbird in good numbers throughout, along with fairly regular Whitehead numbers in both native bush and pine plantations. Freshwater wetlands are a rarity on the East Cape, but where present, Spotless Crake was easily detected using playback, and a few dabchick and grey ducks were noted. Banded Dotterels appeared to be at virtually every sizeable stream-mouth or beach, and as per usual, the east coast showed off its tubenose potential (compared to the 'shearwater-only'-style seawatching in the shallow Bay of Plenty and western Waikato bights. While some spots (e.g. East Cape Lighthouse) are probably well-known, I would like to highlight three spots in particular that might be more under the radar, and worth more visits. They are in bold below.

Here are the highlights in chronological order:

Te Kaha area--Spotted Dove

Maraehako Beach--NZ Falcon juvenile seen in the evening

Whangaparaoa River mouth--Reef Heron, and 4 Grey Duck

Matakaoa Point, Hicks Bay--Scoped a fishing vessel offshore and noted 60+ mollymawks (Mostly White-capped with some Salvin's), 1 Northern Royal Albatross, and a few Flesh-footed Shearwater.

Te Araroa--Fernbird heard in a raupo wetlands near north end of beach. Seems to be an underdocumented species in this part of the country.

East Cape Lighthouse--Seawatched for close to an hour at dusk (from up by the lighthouse) and noted many hundreds of Buller's Shearwaters along with numerous Fluttering Shearwater, around 10 Cook's Petrel, a handful of Flesh-foots, and single Sooty Shear, little penguin, and diving petrel. This was a flat calm day with little wind--imagine what some wind could bring in out there!

Maraehara/Waiapu delta- (Just south of East Cape)-This spot looks very promising. I was there for less than an hour around midday under sweltering sun so only checked the north side as best I could. The combination of tidal mudflats, brackish lagoons, braided river-bed, bars, size of the area could attract some interesting birds at any time of year. There is clearly a decent breeding population of Banded Dots here, and I noted at least 1 Wrybill. There appeared to be a large tern roost on the south side of the main river mouth but I didn't have time to explore further and heat haze made scoping a little tricky. I would imagine this would be a good spot for Black-fronted Terns in winter, and who knows what else has dropped in over the years.

Table Cape, Mahia Peninsula--Lisa and I walked out to the NE corner of this gorgeous peninsula back in April and noted good numbers of turnstone and banded dots. I had been meaning to try in summer and finally got to do so. While we failed to find a hoped-for tattler, the bird list on the hike out to to the cape (from road-end to Table Cape) was still impressive, including: 234 Greylag Geese, 1 Reef Heron, 4 Pacific Golden Plover, 2 NZ Dot, 41 Banded Dotterel, 101 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 44 Ruddy Turnstone. Most notable to me are the godwits, as they all appear to be foraging exlusively in the limited mud/sand near the point, on rocky wave platforms, and in the piles of kelp and seaweed on the beach (Think Point Kean, Kaikoura but with godwits!). Both times I've been here, I have not seen them fly over to the tidal lagoons at the base of the peninsula. Those godwits roost on a sandspit, while these birds roost on Table Cape itself. None are banded. Offshore I noted regular movements of Buller's and Fluttering Shearwater, as well as 2 Arctic Skua, 1 White-capped Albatross, and 1 Common Diving-Petrel. Like at East Cape, this was a flat-calm day. I would love to be out on the cape during a storm! In the mammal department, there were 5 NZ Fur Seals out at the cape.

Waipaoa River mouth (south of Gisborne)--Unfortunately we didn't have time to check the larger Te Wherowhero Lagoon, but the river mouth produced well with 24 golden plover, 27 wrybill, 34 godwit, and 1 GREY-TAILED TATTLER (Presumably the same bird MD, HH, DT, and myself found back in October in Te Wherowhero.

Motu Falls/Whinray Reserve--If you ever have some free time and are driving between Gisborne and Opotiki, turn off for the Motu valley (north of Matawai), and check out Motu Falls in the Whinray Scenic Reserve. This isolated patch of mature bush has all the usual North Island specialties but most significantly is home to 40+ pairs of North Island Brown Kiwi, which locals are very proud and protective of. The falls are right by the carpark, but you can also take a long walk through the bush, or visit the Kiwi creche in Motu village (details online or by checking at the Motu general store). If you call/email beforehand, it is apparently possible to handle juvenile kiwi. Finally, even though it was the middle of the day, we spotted at least 3 weka in different locations around the Motu area so it seems their population on this side of the mountains is still doing okay in this local area.

Ohiwa Beach--female elephant seal!

And finally--no sign of Laughing Gull or Whiskered Tern sadly.

Great times on the road! Hope you're all enjoying what the summer has to offer.

Russ & Lisa Cannings
Cambridge, NZ]]>

Lisa and I have recently returned from a 6 day camping roadie around the East Cape (from Opotiki around to Gisborne), as well as a day trip to the Mahia Peninsula. This is truly one of NZ's most beautiful areas, and for anyone looking to get away from the 'usual' spots, there are plenty to choose from out there. Starting on the north coast, we camped at Maraehako Bay, Te Araroa, and Anaura Bay (all fabulous spots!), then stayed with friends in Gizzy before heading home via one night at the Ohiwa Holiday Park. Our daily routine mainly consisted off checking out every rivermouth (For birds) and beach (for swims) along the way, with a few jaunts into towns or native bush. I was pleased to note bellbird in good numbers throughout, along with fairly regular Whitehead numbers in both native bush and pine plantations. Freshwater wetlands are a rarity on the East Cape, but where present, Spotless Crake was easily detected using playback, and a few dabchick and grey ducks were noted. Banded Dotterels appeared to be at virtually every sizeable stream-mouth or beach, and as per usual, the east coast showed off its tubenose potential (compared to the 'shearwater-only'-style seawatching in the shallow Bay of Plenty and western Waikato bights. While some spots (e.g. East Cape Lighthouse) are probably well-known, I would like to highlight three spots in particular that might be more under the radar, and worth more visits. They are in bold below.

Here are the highlights in chronological order:

Te Kaha area--Spotted Dove

Maraehako Beach--NZ Falcon juvenile seen in the evening

Whangaparaoa River mouth--Reef Heron, and 4 Grey Duck

Matakaoa Point, Hicks Bay--Scoped a fishing vessel offshore and noted 60+ mollymawks (Mostly White-capped with some Salvin's), 1 Northern Royal Albatross, and a few Flesh-footed Shearwater.

Te Araroa--Fernbird heard in a raupo wetlands near north end of beach. Seems to be an underdocumented species in this part of the country.

East Cape Lighthouse--Seawatched for close to an hour at dusk (from up by the lighthouse) and noted many hundreds of Buller's Shearwaters along with numerous Fluttering Shearwater, around 10 Cook's Petrel, a handful of Flesh-foots, and single Sooty Shear, little penguin, and diving petrel. This was a flat calm day with little wind--imagine what some wind could bring in out there!

Maraehara/Waiapu delta- (Just south of East Cape)-This spot looks very promising. I was there for less than an hour around midday under sweltering sun so only checked the north side as best I could. The combination of tidal mudflats, brackish lagoons, braided river-bed, bars, size of the area could attract some interesting birds at any time of year. There is clearly a decent breeding population of Banded Dots here, and I noted at least 1 Wrybill. There appeared to be a large tern roost on the south side of the main river mouth but I didn't have time to explore further and heat haze made scoping a little tricky. I would imagine this would be a good spot for Black-fronted Terns in winter, and who knows what else has dropped in over the years.

Table Cape, Mahia Peninsula--Lisa and I walked out to the NE corner of this gorgeous peninsula back in April and noted good numbers of turnstone and banded dots. I had been meaning to try in summer and finally got to do so. While we failed to find a hoped-for tattler, the bird list on the hike out to to the cape (from road-end to Table Cape) was still impressive, including: 234 Greylag Geese, 1 Reef Heron, 4 Pacific Golden Plover, 2 NZ Dot, 41 Banded Dotterel, 101 Bar-tailed Godwit, and 44 Ruddy Turnstone. Most notable to me are the godwits, as they all appear to be foraging exlusively in the limited mud/sand near the point, on rocky wave platforms, and in the piles of kelp and seaweed on the beach (Think Point Kean, Kaikoura but with godwits!). Both times I've been here, I have not seen them fly over to the tidal lagoons at the base of the peninsula. Those godwits roost on a sandspit, while these birds roost on Table Cape itself. None are banded. Offshore I noted regular movements of Buller's and Fluttering Shearwater, as well as 2 Arctic Skua, 1 White-capped Albatross, and 1 Common Diving-Petrel. Like at East Cape, this was a flat-calm day. I would love to be out on the cape during a storm! In the mammal department, there were 5 NZ Fur Seals out at the cape.

Waipaoa River mouth (south of Gisborne)--Unfortunately we didn't have time to check the larger Te Wherowhero Lagoon, but the river mouth produced well with 24 golden plover, 27 wrybill, 34 godwit, and 1 GREY-TAILED TATTLER (Presumably the same bird MD, HH, DT, and myself found back in October in Te Wherowhero.

Motu Falls/Whinray Reserve--If you ever have some free time and are driving between Gisborne and Opotiki, turn off for the Motu valley (north of Matawai), and check out Motu Falls in the Whinray Scenic Reserve. This isolated patch of mature bush has all the usual North Island specialties but most significantly is home to 40+ pairs of North Island Brown Kiwi, which locals are very proud and protective of. The falls are right by the carpark, but you can also take a long walk through the bush, or visit the Kiwi creche in Motu village (details online or by checking at the Motu general store). If you call/email beforehand, it is apparently possible to handle juvenile kiwi. Finally, even though it was the middle of the day, we spotted at least 3 weka in different locations around the Motu area so it seems their population on this side of the mountains is still doing okay in this local area.

Ohiwa Beach--female elephant seal!

And finally--no sign of Laughing Gull or Whiskered Tern sadly.

Great times on the road! Hope you're all enjoying what the summer has to offer.

Russ & Lisa Cannings
Cambridge, NZ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Eastland & Mahia Birding :: Reply by GrahamB]]> 2018-01-14T20:05:39+13:00 2018-01-14T20:05:39+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7459&p=35879#p35879 Cheers
GrahamB]]>
Cheers
GrahamB]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tomtit, Mt Kaukau, Wellington :: Reply by Milan]]> 2018-01-05T08:49:23+13:00 2018-01-05T08:49:23+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6243&p=35756#p35756
Will report back with photos, fingers crossed.]]>

Will report back with photos, fingers crossed.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tomtit, Mt Kaukau, Wellington :: Reply by Nikki McArthur]]> 2018-01-05T18:51:37+13:00 2018-01-05T18:51:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6243&p=35766#p35766 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tomtit, Mt Kaukau, Wellington :: Reply by Milan]]> 2018-01-14T21:59:05+13:00 2018-01-14T21:59:05+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=6243&p=35880#p35880 Would you like to see the video?]]> Would you like to see the video?]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Rainbow Lorikeet in Pungerehu, Taranaki :: Author Liam Ballard]]> 2018-01-15T14:47:46+13:00 2018-01-15T14:47:46+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7462&p=35883#p35883
I have reported it to MPI Biosecurity so hopefully the owner will be found. I am not aware of any previous records around the region (probably because it is so underbirded) but would be interested to know if anyone else has had a similar sighting.

Cheers,]]>

I have reported it to MPI Biosecurity so hopefully the owner will be found. I am not aware of any previous records around the region (probably because it is so underbirded) but would be interested to know if anyone else has had a similar sighting.

Cheers,]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Little Curlew at Miranda :: Author RussCannings]]> 2018-01-15T18:27:45+13:00 2018-01-15T22:48:03+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=35885#p35885
Russ C]]>

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little Curlew at Miranda :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> 2018-01-15T20:00:37+13:00 2018-01-15T20:00:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=35886#p35886 https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5AF0A0E5]]> https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5AF0A0E5]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little Curlew at Miranda :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-15T21:10:24+13:00 2018-01-15T21:10:24+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=35887#p35887

Attachments



littlewhimbrel.jpg (534.53 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



littlewhimbrel.jpg (534.53 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little Curlew at Miranda :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-15T22:50:58+13:00 2018-01-15T22:50:58+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=35889#p35889
A fun day at the hides.

Russ C]]>

A fun day at the hides.

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Black-tailed Godwit at Miranda :: Author jo-anndoyle]]> 2018-01-16T09:56:49+13:00 2018-01-16T09:56:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7465&p=35893#p35893 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Lake Ellesmere etc over Chritmas :: Author Steve Wratten]]> 2018-01-09T16:52:47+13:00 2018-01-09T16:52:47+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7443&p=35811#p35811
Greenpark :120 banded dotterel (30% immatures)
6 bar-tailed godwits

Jarvis Road : 9 Wrybills and 3 lesser golden plovers (presumably Asiatic)

Yarrs:
41 bar-tailed godwits
120 banded dotterels (30% imms again)
2 sharp-tailed sandpipers
12 wrybills

On 2 Jan 8 at Yarrs:

c.150 stilts
4 pied oystercatchers

Yarrs on Jan 8: c.150 stilts again-no other waders

At Lincoln at the end of Vernon Drive (rainwater catchment ponds) : 21 NZ scaup- a third were imms, so breeding there. Only other site I know around here is the Avon-Heathcote river in Christchurch]]>

Greenpark :120 banded dotterel (30% immatures)
6 bar-tailed godwits

Jarvis Road : 9 Wrybills and 3 lesser golden plovers (presumably Asiatic)

Yarrs:
41 bar-tailed godwits
120 banded dotterels (30% imms again)
2 sharp-tailed sandpipers
12 wrybills

On 2 Jan 8 at Yarrs:

c.150 stilts
4 pied oystercatchers

Yarrs on Jan 8: c.150 stilts again-no other waders

At Lincoln at the end of Vernon Drive (rainwater catchment ponds) : 21 NZ scaup- a third were imms, so breeding there. Only other site I know around here is the Avon-Heathcote river in Christchurch]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Ellesmere etc over Chritmas :: Reply by rowey]]> 2018-01-16T22:08:16+13:00 2018-01-16T22:08:16+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7443&p=35899#p35899 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Author Grahame]]> 2018-01-13T09:37:53+13:00 2018-01-13T09:37:53+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35853#p35853 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-13T11:33:32+13:00 2018-01-13T11:33:32+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35857#p35857 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-13T11:56:14+13:00 2018-01-13T11:56:14+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35858#p35858 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-13T18:39:37+13:00 2018-01-13T18:39:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35864#p35864
Tim did spot a White-winged Black Tern (breeding plumage) that was regularly fishing near the Tongariro River mouth (visible from the new and old wharfs at Tokaanu. Plenty of great hiding spots for a flock of spoonbill. Hopefully they turn up again. I'd be on high alert anywhere from Auckland to the Manawatu!

Russ]]>

Tim did spot a White-winged Black Tern (breeding plumage) that was regularly fishing near the Tongariro River mouth (visible from the new and old wharfs at Tokaanu. Plenty of great hiding spots for a flock of spoonbill. Hopefully they turn up again. I'd be on high alert anywhere from Auckland to the Manawatu!

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-13T19:20:11+13:00 2018-01-13T19:20:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35865#p35865
Watched a Little Black Shag deal to a cat fish which was amusing.

Cheers
Tim]]>

Watched a Little Black Shag deal to a cat fish which was amusing.

Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> 2018-01-16T18:50:01+13:00 2018-01-16T18:50:01+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35896#p35896 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-16T20:53:04+13:00 2018-01-16T20:53:04+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35897#p35897
Russ]]>

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-16T21:11:30+13:00 2018-01-16T21:11:30+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35898#p35898 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Yellow-billed Spoonbills Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-17T15:03:25+13:00 2018-01-17T15:03:25+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7455&p=35905#p35905 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Pied shag lake Taupo :: Author fras444]]> 2018-01-17T16:21:17+13:00 2018-01-17T16:21:17+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7469&p=35906#p35906 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Red-capped Dotterel reported from Miranda :: Author andrewcrossland]]> 2018-01-17T16:59:35+13:00 2018-01-17T16:59:35+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7470&p=35907#p35907 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Red-capped Dotterel reported from Miranda :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-17T17:01:15+13:00 2018-01-17T17:01:15+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7470&p=35908#p35908 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Red-capped Dotterel reported from Miranda :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-17T22:38:55+13:00 2018-01-17T22:38:55+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7470&p=35912#p35912 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Red-capped Dotterel reported from Miranda :: Reply by Grahame]]> 2018-01-18T09:17:21+13:00 2018-01-18T09:17:21+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7470&p=35913#p35913 Grahame]]> Grahame]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Marsh sandpiper at Pleasant Bay (Tip Lagoon), Invercargill :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> 2018-01-12T18:35:10+13:00 2018-01-12T18:35:10+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7452&p=35848#p35848 Cheers
Colin]]>
Cheers
Colin]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh sandpiper at Pleasant Bay (Tip Lagoon), Invercargill :: Reply by mark ayre]]> 2018-01-18T10:23:56+13:00 2018-01-18T10:23:56+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7452&p=35914#p35914
cheers mark]]>

cheers mark]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Maketu and Little Waihi Update :: Author Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-18T16:14:45+13:00 2018-01-18T16:14:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7474&p=35917#p35917 Three Marsh Sandpiper today. Two at Little Waihi and one at the back of Maketu Estuary. One Red-necked Stint and two Little Tern on Pukehina Spit. One Asiatic Whimbrel at Maketu. One Arctic Skua offshore.
Cheers
Tim]]>
Three Marsh Sandpiper today. Two at Little Waihi and one at the back of Maketu Estuary. One Red-necked Stint and two Little Tern on Pukehina Spit. One Asiatic Whimbrel at Maketu. One Arctic Skua offshore.
Cheers
Tim]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Author gillianv]]> 2018-01-11T17:58:45+13:00 2018-01-11T17:58:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35837#p35837 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by sav]]> 2018-01-11T18:41:11+13:00 2018-01-11T18:41:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35838#p35838
Not wishing to contradict Gillian, but Phil Hammond called me this afternoon and I'm pretty sure he said it was on the Limeworks (with about 130 PGPs). Whatever, find the PGPs and it ought to be there!

cheers]]>

Not wishing to contradict Gillian, but Phil Hammond called me this afternoon and I'm pretty sure he said it was on the Limeworks (with about 130 PGPs). Whatever, find the PGPs and it ought to be there!

cheers]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-11T18:45:31+13:00 2018-01-11T18:45:31+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35839#p35839
Good spotting everyone, look forward to reports of people seeing it so I can track it down next week :D]]>

Good spotting everyone, look forward to reports of people seeing it so I can track it down next week :D]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-11T21:08:20+13:00 2018-01-11T21:08:20+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35842#p35842 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by gillianv]]> 2018-01-11T22:32:24+13:00 2018-01-11T22:32:24+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35843#p35843 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by jo-anndoyle]]> 2018-01-12T08:05:09+13:00 2018-01-12T08:05:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35845#p35845 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by phil hammond]]> 2018-01-12T15:13:06+13:00 2018-01-12T15:13:06+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35846#p35846
Apart from the 88 that JoJo counted on the limeworks mud and in the sarcocornia, there were others scattered out from the Godwit hide and another group on the same shellbank as the hides but 100m or so south

We were unable to find the Grey Plover again after high tide despite careful scanning through the mob on the limeworks mud

Thanks to Will, Dai and JoJo who were on the bird when I arrived

Good luck---I reckon there is an excellent chance that it is still there somewhere

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ
Great birds, Real birders]]>

Apart from the 88 that JoJo counted on the limeworks mud and in the sarcocornia, there were others scattered out from the Godwit hide and another group on the same shellbank as the hides but 100m or so south

We were unable to find the Grey Plover again after high tide despite careful scanning through the mob on the limeworks mud

Thanks to Will, Dai and JoJo who were on the bird when I arrived

Good luck---I reckon there is an excellent chance that it is still there somewhere

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ
Great birds, Real birders]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-12T17:44:03+13:00 2018-01-12T17:44:03+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35847#p35847 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Grahame]]> 2018-01-13T16:18:11+13:00 2018-01-13T16:18:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35861#p35861
Please be aware that this bird is not obvious to see when with Goldies. The illustration in the N Z Field Guide is far from correct, the colour is much warmer than shown, also bear in mind that it is a larger bird. To be 100% sure, the armpit needs to be seen.]]>

Please be aware that this bird is not obvious to see when with Goldies. The illustration in the N Z Field Guide is far from correct, the colour is much warmer than shown, also bear in mind that it is a larger bird. To be 100% sure, the armpit needs to be seen.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by David Lawrie]]> 2018-01-14T12:59:18+13:00 2018-01-14T12:59:18+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35872#p35872 no sign of the strange little plover either, but the mass of birds were scattered across the mud to the right of the main hide]]> no sign of the strange little plover either, but the mass of birds were scattered across the mud to the right of the main hide]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> 2018-01-14T15:51:50+13:00 2018-01-14T15:51:50+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35874#p35874 All the best
Tim

ps Better still, you could just hurry it along to the BoP.]]>
All the best
Tim

ps Better still, you could just hurry it along to the BoP.]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by igor]]> 2018-01-15T09:14:57+13:00 2018-01-15T09:14:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35882#p35882 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by gillianv]]> 2018-01-16T07:00:35+13:00 2018-01-16T07:00:35+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35890#p35890 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Grahame]]> 2018-01-16T09:09:29+13:00 2018-01-16T09:09:29+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35891#p35891 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by jo-anndoyle]]> 2018-01-16T09:49:01+13:00 2018-01-16T09:49:01+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35892#p35892 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by phil hammond]]> 2018-01-16T23:08:27+13:00 2018-01-16T23:08:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35901#p35901
Bigger and greyer than PGPs, also plainer breast, big eye and distinctly heavier bill, and of course the black axillaries which it flashed several times

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours NZ
Great Birds, Real Birders]]>

Bigger and greyer than PGPs, also plainer breast, big eye and distinctly heavier bill, and of course the black axillaries which it flashed several times

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours NZ
Great Birds, Real Birders]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-17T08:44:33+13:00 2018-01-17T08:44:33+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35903#p35903

Attachments



greyplover.jpg (273.8 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



greyplover.jpg (273.8 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-19T07:21:55+13:00 2018-01-19T07:21:55+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35919#p35919 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey Plover at Pukorokoro Miranda :: Reply by rukuhia]]> 2018-01-19T13:51:15+13:00 2018-01-19T13:51:15+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7449&p=35921#p35921

Attachments



IMG_6756.JPG (782.57 KiB)



IMG_6762.JPG (519.17 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



IMG_6756.JPG (782.57 KiB)



IMG_6762.JPG (519.17 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 13th January :: Author ourspot]]> 2018-01-14T18:59:49+13:00 2018-01-14T18:59:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460&p=35876#p35876
10 of us were on the journey and over the course of the day, we sighted 21 different seabird species (see full list below), a few other bird species on the Islands, a couple of sunfish (one being cleaned by kingfish!) and some dolphins. A fantastic day had by all!

Highlights of the trip were:
– 1 White-naped Petrel
– 1 Mottled Petrel
– 1 Pomarine Jaeger
– 18 Gray Noddy
– Approx 40 NZ Storm-Petrels, along with some White-Faced Storm Petrels bouncing around the boat at most spots - a delight to watch.

Cheers Scott

—————————————————————

So here’s the full trip results:

1 x Royal Albatross (Northern)
1 x Mottled Petrel
1 x White-naped Petrel
2 x Gray-faced Petrel
31 x Cook's Petrel
260 x Fairy Prion
28 x Black (Parkinson’s) Petrel
3 x Flesh-footed Shearwater
3000 x Buller's Shearwater
1 x Sooty Shearwater
33 x Fluttering Shearwater
2 x Common Diving-Petrel
20 x White-faced Storm-Petrel
38 x New Zealand Storm-Petrel
1 x Pomarine Jaeger
18 x Gray Noddy
2 x Little Penguin
500 x Australasian Gannet
80 x Red-billed Gull
30 x Kelp Gull
45 x Pied Cormorant

Birds seen flying over the Poor Knights Island:
3 x Swamp Harrier
1 x Sacred Kingfisher
2 x Red-crowned Parakeet
1 x Tui
3 x Bellbird
3 x Welcome Swallow
3 x European Starling

Attachments


White-Faced Storm Petrel
White-Faced Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7685.jpg (470.28 KiB)
White-Faced Storm Petrel

NZ Storm Petrels everywhere
NZ Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7414.jpg (574.47 KiB)
NZ Storm Petrels everywhere

NZ Storm Petrel
NZ Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7231.jpg (389.63 KiB)
NZ Storm Petrel

]]>

10 of us were on the journey and over the course of the day, we sighted 21 different seabird species (see full list below), a few other bird species on the Islands, a couple of sunfish (one being cleaned by kingfish!) and some dolphins. A fantastic day had by all!

Highlights of the trip were:
– 1 White-naped Petrel
– 1 Mottled Petrel
– 1 Pomarine Jaeger
– 18 Gray Noddy
– Approx 40 NZ Storm-Petrels, along with some White-Faced Storm Petrels bouncing around the boat at most spots - a delight to watch.

Cheers Scott

—————————————————————

So here’s the full trip results:

1 x Royal Albatross (Northern)
1 x Mottled Petrel
1 x White-naped Petrel
2 x Gray-faced Petrel
31 x Cook's Petrel
260 x Fairy Prion
28 x Black (Parkinson’s) Petrel
3 x Flesh-footed Shearwater
3000 x Buller's Shearwater
1 x Sooty Shearwater
33 x Fluttering Shearwater
2 x Common Diving-Petrel
20 x White-faced Storm-Petrel
38 x New Zealand Storm-Petrel
1 x Pomarine Jaeger
18 x Gray Noddy
2 x Little Penguin
500 x Australasian Gannet
80 x Red-billed Gull
30 x Kelp Gull
45 x Pied Cormorant

Birds seen flying over the Poor Knights Island:
3 x Swamp Harrier
1 x Sacred Kingfisher
2 x Red-crowned Parakeet
1 x Tui
3 x Bellbird
3 x Welcome Swallow
3 x European Starling

Attachments


White-Faced Storm Petrel
White-Faced Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7685.jpg (470.28 KiB)
White-Faced Storm Petrel

NZ Storm Petrels everywhere
NZ Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7414.jpg (574.47 KiB)
NZ Storm Petrels everywhere

NZ Storm Petrel
NZ Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7231.jpg (389.63 KiB)
NZ Storm Petrel

]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 13th January :: Reply by ourspot]]> 2018-01-14T19:07:17+13:00 2018-01-14T19:07:17+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460&p=35878#p35878
Cheers Scott

Attachments


Banded NZ Storm Petrel
NZ Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7421.jpg (460.64 KiB)
Banded NZ Storm Petrel

]]>

Cheers Scott

Attachments


Banded NZ Storm Petrel
NZ Storm Petrel_Tutukaka Pelagic_Jan18_IMG_7421.jpg (460.64 KiB)
Banded NZ Storm Petrel

]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: NZ Storm Petrels off Poor Knights Islands :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> 2018-01-15T09:12:34+13:00 2018-01-15T09:12:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460&p=35881#p35881
Link to photo: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5AEF1F8A]]>

Link to photo: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5AEF1F8A]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 13th January :: Reply by Neil Fitzgerald]]> 2018-01-16T10:58:45+13:00 2018-01-16T10:58:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460&p=35894#p35894 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: NZ Storm Petrels off Poor Knights Islands :: Reply by Neil Fitzgerald]]> 2018-01-16T11:14:15+13:00 2018-01-16T11:14:15+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460&p=35895#p35895 viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460#p35878 I'll merge the two threads)? Keen to see closer images of the bands so we can better identify it, if you can post them here or email me.]]> viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460#p35878 I'll merge the two threads)? Keen to see closer images of the bands so we can better identify it, if you can post them here or email me.]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 13th January :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> 2018-01-17T17:10:45+13:00 2018-01-17T17:10:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460&p=35909#p35909 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 13th January :: Reply by Neil Fitzgerald]]> 2018-01-20T10:46:37+13:00 2018-01-20T10:46:37+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7460&p=35937#p35937 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Lake Ellesmeree Jan 20 2018 :: Author Steve Wratten]]> 2018-01-20T16:18:05+13:00 2018-01-20T16:18:05+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7484&p=35946#p35946
1 imm. black-fronted tern, forced us to look at it closely
Wrybill at least 120-many' non-breeders'-does than mean birds of the year?
Banded dotterels-100 +

bar-t godwits 47
No stints or other arctic waders]]>

1 imm. black-fronted tern, forced us to look at it closely
Wrybill at least 120-many' non-breeders'-does than mean birds of the year?
Banded dotterels-100 +

bar-t godwits 47
No stints or other arctic waders]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Jan 12--Hoary-headed Grebe reported at Elterwater :: Author RussCannings]]> 2018-01-19T14:57:06+13:00 2018-01-19T14:57:06+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=35922#p35922
I just noticed on http://rare.birds.org.nz/ that a Hoary-headed Grebe is being reported from Jan 12 on Lake Elterwater (Blenheim area).

Anyone know more about that? Maybe those birds stuck around after all... somewhere.

Russ C]]>

I just noticed on http://rare.birds.org.nz/ that a Hoary-headed Grebe is being reported from Jan 12 on Lake Elterwater (Blenheim area).

Anyone know more about that? Maybe those birds stuck around after all... somewhere.

Russ C]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Jan 12--Hoary-headed Grebe reported at Elterwater :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> 2018-01-21T07:46:03+13:00 2018-01-21T07:46:03+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=35950#p35950 I have just a had a report from Peter field that the Grebe was there on Friday 12th. seen from the platform. He includes a image not great but good enough to ID it.

Steve]]>
I have just a had a report from Peter field that the Grebe was there on Friday 12th. seen from the platform. He includes a image not great but good enough to ID it.

Steve]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: miranda today :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-19T21:40:27+13:00 2018-01-19T21:40:27+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4177&p=35929#p35929

Attachments



Skua Miranda.JPG (191.36 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



Skua Miranda.JPG (191.36 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: miranda today :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-20T14:03:10+13:00 2018-01-20T14:03:10+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4177&p=35942#p35942 Russ]]> Russ]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: miranda today :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-21T08:31:12+13:00 2018-01-21T08:31:12+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4177&p=35951#p35951 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Whiskered Tern, Tokaanu wharf :: Author Michael Szabo]]> 2018-01-19T11:56:09+13:00 2018-01-19T11:56:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7476&p=35920#p35920 https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5AE97624]]> https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5AE97624]]> <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern, Tokaanu wharf :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> 2018-01-19T18:35:08+13:00 2018-01-19T18:35:08+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7476&p=35923#p35923 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern, Tokaanu wharf :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> 2018-01-19T19:12:43+13:00 2018-01-19T19:12:43+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7476&p=35924#p35924 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern, Tokaanu wharf :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-19T19:21:17+13:00 2018-01-19T19:21:17+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7476&p=35925#p35925 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern, Tokaanu wharf :: Reply by sav]]> 2018-01-19T22:33:58+13:00 2018-01-19T22:33:58+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7476&p=35931#p35931
Nothing to support that theory except the fact that all this Summer's birds have looked exactly the same. I think there has most likely only been one Whiskered Tern here.
cheers]]>

Nothing to support that theory except the fact that all this Summer's birds have looked exactly the same. I think there has most likely only been one Whiskered Tern here.
cheers]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern, Tokaanu wharf :: Reply by tim]]> 2018-01-20T14:08:32+13:00 2018-01-20T14:08:32+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7476&p=35943#p35943 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Whiskered Tern, Tokaanu wharf :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> 2018-01-21T09:33:19+13:00 2018-01-21T09:33:19+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7476&p=35952#p35952 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Pied Oystercatcher, Gordonton :: Author David Riddell]]> 2018-01-20T11:51:11+13:00 2018-01-20T11:51:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7482&p=35939#p35939

Attachments



Pied Oystercatcher Gordonton 20 January 2018 lr.jpg (205.48 KiB)


]]>

Attachments



Pied Oystercatcher Gordonton 20 January 2018 lr.jpg (205.48 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pied Oystercatcher, Gordonton :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-20T12:36:57+13:00 2018-01-20T12:36:57+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7482&p=35940#p35940 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pied Oystercatcher, Gordonton :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> 2018-01-20T13:01:52+13:00 2018-01-20T13:01:52+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7482&p=35941#p35941 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pied Oystercatcher, Gordonton :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> 2018-01-20T14:11:29+13:00 2018-01-20T14:11:29+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7482&p=35944#p35944 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pied Oystercatcher, Gordonton :: Reply by RussCannings]]> 2018-01-20T22:23:49+13:00 2018-01-20T22:23:49+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7482&p=35948#p35948
I would be interested to know if it's still there tomorrow. At 1015pm this evening Lisa and I heard one calling repeatedly as it flew SW over St Peter's School(Cambridge), in the general direction of Kawhia. I believe this is our third nocturnal detection of SIPO for the house (We're just across the paddock from the school). Not sure off hand what time of year our other records were from though.

Russ]]>

I would be interested to know if it's still there tomorrow. At 1015pm this evening Lisa and I heard one calling repeatedly as it flew SW over St Peter's School(Cambridge), in the general direction of Kawhia. I believe this is our third nocturnal detection of SIPO for the house (We're just across the paddock from the school). Not sure off hand what time of year our other records were from though.

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pied Oystercatcher, Gordonton :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-21T10:08:59+13:00 2018-01-21T10:08:59+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7482&p=35953#p35953 ) had the only nearby records - overhead at night on 21/1/16, 19/9/16, and 25/12/16. That first one is almost exactly two years ago, so likely my one was also on migration and dropped out for a rest. I've never heard any flying over here, though I did sit out and listen for them a couple of nights several years ago. So I don't think we're on any kind of regular migration route, but will definitely keep my ears open.]]> ) had the only nearby records - overhead at night on 21/1/16, 19/9/16, and 25/12/16. That first one is almost exactly two years ago, so likely my one was also on migration and dropped out for a rest. I've never heard any flying over here, though I did sit out and listen for them a couple of nights several years ago. So I don't think we're on any kind of regular migration route, but will definitely keep my ears open.]]> <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Shield bugs :: Reply by flossiepip]]> 2017-12-25T17:04:31+13:00 2017-12-25T17:04:31+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7202&p=35657#p35657 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Shield bugs :: Reply by flossiepip]]> 2018-01-03T18:21:29+13:00 2018-01-03T18:21:29+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7202&p=35724#p35724 _1018580_1.JPG
_1018673_1.JPG

Attachments



_1018580_1.JPG (159.16 KiB)



_1018673_1.JPG (179.69 KiB)


]]>
_1018580_1.JPG
_1018673_1.JPG

Attachments



_1018580_1.JPG (159.16 KiB)



_1018673_1.JPG (179.69 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Shield bugs :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-04T08:53:23+13:00 2018-01-04T08:53:23+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7202&p=35737#p35737
First instar nymphs are like small, red and black, wingless adults. There are five nymphal stages, each is called an instar. Nymphs go from one stage to the next by moulting, changing their skin. During moulting, the “skin” on the dorsal side splits and the next stage pulls itself out. As the insects progress through the nymphal stages their body changes colour. The first instar is almost circular in outline. The body is red with black around the abdominal scent gland openings, black areas also on the thorax and a black head, legs and antennae. The second instar is shiny black. The abdomen has a pair of white lateral patches on the first segment and two pairs of tiny orange spots near the scent glands. The third instar is also black, but has more white on the first abdominal segment and more small yellow or white spots on the abdomen. The lateral edges of the prothorax and mesothorax (first and second segments of the middle section of the body) are coloured. The colour of fourth instar nymphs is more variable. The background colour may be black or green and the lateral edge of each abdominal segment may have an area of pink. Antennae and legs vary from pink to dark brown. The small wing buds extend to the edge of the abdomen. Fifth instar nymphs are even more variable. They may be almost black to almost green with a pink abdominal fringe. Amongst the variable patterns, they all have three pairs of white or yellow abdominal spots near the scent glands. Most also have more small white spots.

They don't mention the red underside, but some of the images on the factsheet show this, although yours look particularly bright.]]>
First instar nymphs are like small, red and black, wingless adults. There are five nymphal stages, each is called an instar. Nymphs go from one stage to the next by moulting, changing their skin. During moulting, the “skin” on the dorsal side splits and the next stage pulls itself out. As the insects progress through the nymphal stages their body changes colour. The first instar is almost circular in outline. The body is red with black around the abdominal scent gland openings, black areas also on the thorax and a black head, legs and antennae. The second instar is shiny black. The abdomen has a pair of white lateral patches on the first segment and two pairs of tiny orange spots near the scent glands. The third instar is also black, but has more white on the first abdominal segment and more small yellow or white spots on the abdomen. The lateral edges of the prothorax and mesothorax (first and second segments of the middle section of the body) are coloured. The colour of fourth instar nymphs is more variable. The background colour may be black or green and the lateral edge of each abdominal segment may have an area of pink. Antennae and legs vary from pink to dark brown. The small wing buds extend to the edge of the abdomen. Fifth instar nymphs are even more variable. They may be almost black to almost green with a pink abdominal fringe. Amongst the variable patterns, they all have three pairs of white or yellow abdominal spots near the scent glands. Most also have more small white spots.

They don't mention the red underside, but some of the images on the factsheet show this, although yours look particularly bright.]]>
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Elephant Seal at Ohiwa :: Author RussCannings]]> 2018-01-13T12:21:10+13:00 2018-01-13T12:21:10+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7456&p=35859#p35859
Russ]]>

Russ]]>
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Easy identification of moths! :: Author flossiepip]]> 2018-01-07T09:33:31+13:00 2018-01-07T09:33:31+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35783#p35783 As a side issue we have just had the big storm pass through over two days here in Northland, before that the garden was alive with young Mantis but now can not find one. Would they all be casualties of the storm!]]> As a side issue we have just had the big storm pass through over two days here in Northland, before that the garden was alive with young Mantis but now can not find one. Would they all be casualties of the storm!]]> <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Easy identification of moths! :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> 2018-01-08T07:49:34+13:00 2018-01-08T07:49:34+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35790#p35790 http://landcareresearch.co.nz/resources ... arge-moths
Welcome to an at times very frustrating world :)]]>
http://landcareresearch.co.nz/resources ... arge-moths
Welcome to an at times very frustrating world :)]]>
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Easy identification of moths! :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-08T08:34:11+13:00 2018-01-08T08:34:11+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35791#p35791 http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te ... moths.html - an amazing site, run by a group who care for a walkway in Taranaki that has now developed into one of the best on-line guides to NZ wildlife of all kinds. Hosted by TERRAIN (Taranaki Educational Resource, Research, Analysis and Information Network), but covers pretty much the whole country.

As for the mantises, I presume like most places in the North Island these days you mostly have the South African species? (To compare with the NZ one, see http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te ... antis.html and http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te ... tis-2.html). It's hard to believe a single weather event could wipe them all out, but if they don't re-emerge over the next few days then off the top of my head it may be that the South African mantises don't like wet conditions - one of the few habitats the NZ mantises are holding their own is in wetlands.]]>
http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te ... moths.html - an amazing site, run by a group who care for a walkway in Taranaki that has now developed into one of the best on-line guides to NZ wildlife of all kinds. Hosted by TERRAIN (Taranaki Educational Resource, Research, Analysis and Information Network), but covers pretty much the whole country.

As for the mantises, I presume like most places in the North Island these days you mostly have the South African species? (To compare with the NZ one, see http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te ... antis.html and http://www.terrain.net.nz/friends-of-te ... tis-2.html). It's hard to believe a single weather event could wipe them all out, but if they don't re-emerge over the next few days then off the top of my head it may be that the South African mantises don't like wet conditions - one of the few habitats the NZ mantises are holding their own is in wetlands.]]>
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Mantises :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-19T20:31:59+13:00 2018-01-19T20:31:59+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35926#p35926 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Easy identification of moths! :: Reply by Olwen]]> 2018-01-19T21:17:53+13:00 2018-01-19T21:17:53+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35927#p35927 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Easy identification of moths! :: Reply by flossiepip]]> 2018-01-20T08:57:36+13:00 2018-01-20T08:57:36+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35933#p35933 The link to the site on moths was superb giving photos of moths as I nearly always see them thanks. Tom]]> The link to the site on moths was superb giving photos of moths as I nearly always see them thanks. Tom]]> <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Easy identification of moths! :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-20T10:44:45+13:00 2018-01-20T10:44:45+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35936#p35936 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Easy identification of moths! :: Reply by flossiepip]]> 2018-01-20T10:49:38+13:00 2018-01-20T10:49:38+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7434&p=35938#p35938 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Paper wasps nesting success and failure! :: Author flossiepip]]> 2018-01-20T15:41:09+13:00 2018-01-20T15:41:09+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7483&p=35945#p35945 I've certainly seen wasps taken by spiders and the extreme weather of late seems to of accounted for the odd one or two but some seemingly well established nests have been abandoned and on close inspection the cells once full and health are now empty with the grubs taken. I know the female wasp puts a substance on the stem of the nest to keep ants away so what else could raid a wasp nest!
_1016132_1.JPG
_1014555_3.JPG

Both of the nests illustrated were lost.

Attachments



_1016132_1.JPG (159.55 KiB)



_1014555_3.JPG (91.26 KiB)


]]>
I've certainly seen wasps taken by spiders and the extreme weather of late seems to of accounted for the odd one or two but some seemingly well established nests have been abandoned and on close inspection the cells once full and health are now empty with the grubs taken. I know the female wasp puts a substance on the stem of the nest to keep ants away so what else could raid a wasp nest!
_1016132_1.JPG
_1014555_3.JPG

Both of the nests illustrated were lost.

Attachments



_1016132_1.JPG (159.55 KiB)



_1014555_3.JPG (91.26 KiB)


]]>
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Paper wasps nesting success and failure! :: Reply by David Riddell]]> 2018-01-21T10:54:36+13:00 2018-01-21T10:54:36+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7483&p=35954#p35954 https://link.springer.com/article/10.10 ... 013-0329-z - which describes predation of Asian paper wasp nests by slugs, of all things! The slug species involved (Lehmannia valentiana) doesn't seem to be present in NZ, but we have related species here. But whether that's what's causing the nest failures at your place I have no idea.]]> https://link.springer.com/article/10.10 ... 013-0329-z - which describes predation of Asian paper wasp nests by slugs, of all things! The slug species involved (Lehmannia valentiana) doesn't seem to be present in NZ, but we have related species here. But whether that's what's causing the nest failures at your place I have no idea.]]> <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Paper wasps nesting success and failure! :: Reply by Jim_j]]> 2018-01-21T12:02:21+13:00 2018-01-21T12:02:21+13:00 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7483&p=35955#p35955 There is some interesting stuff on the Landcare site re parasitic wasps being collected in the UK for control of the German & Common wasps - fingers crossed!!

cheers
jim]]>
There is some interesting stuff on the Landcare site re parasitic wasps being collected in the UK for control of the German & Common wasps - fingers crossed!!

cheers
jim]]>