<![CDATA[BirdingNZ.net]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:34:33 +1200 Smartfeed Extension for phpBB 3.1 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/styles/elegance_birding/theme/images/birdingnz-net-logo.png <![CDATA[BirdingNZ.net]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum en-GB Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:34:33 +1200 60 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Beach wrecks Tahuna Torea - id request :: Reply by Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36467#p36467 Photo 2: 1-year-old Kelp gull]]> no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36467#p36467 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 17:39:32 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36467#p36467 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Nocturnal records of seabirds flying across Auckland isthmus :: Author Trina]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7657&p=36478#p36478
I am trying to find documented evidence of nocturnal seabird movements (e.g. Cook's petrel) across the isthmus near the Whau River Estuary & Te Atatu Peninsula. Does anyone have any records that could be used to inform the instigating of management actions for this part of the Northern Flyway?

I would appreciate any information you may have.

no_email@example.com (Trina) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7657&p=36478#p36478 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:49:44 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7657&p=36478#p36478
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Spotless crake record at Harbourview Orangihina, Te Atatu Peninsula :: Author Trina]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7658&p=36479#p36479
Spotless crake are identified as being seen at Pollen Island in the Waitemata Harbour (its on their brochure) and a record is attributed to the wetland at Harbourview Orangihina. Does anyone know where the record for Harbourview came from? I and others have been trying to find out without success.

I would like to know how old this record is and if it can be relied upon.

no_email@example.com (Trina) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7658&p=36479#p36479 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 11:27:04 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7658&p=36479#p36479
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Questions Birding near Queenstown and Milford Sound in March :: Reply by mark ayre]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36483#p36483
Cheers mark]]>
no_email@example.com (mark ayre) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36483#p36483 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 18:29:20 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36483#p36483
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Red-billed Gull feeding technique :: Reply by haggarty]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36495#p36495 no_email@example.com (haggarty) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36495#p36495 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 21:32:13 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36495#p36495 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Red-billed Gull feeding technique :: Reply by GrahamB]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36514#p36514
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<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Red-billed Gull feeding technique :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36521#p36521 no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36521#p36521 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 20:03:03 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36521#p36521 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Mystery bird call near Glenorchy :: Reply by simon.fordham]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36461#p36461
no_email@example.com (simon.fordham) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36461#p36461 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 09:35:20 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36461#p36461
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Mystery bird call near Glenorchy :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36462#p36462 no_email@example.com (Davidthomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36462#p36462 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 10:02:32 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36462#p36462 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Mystery bird call near Glenorchy :: Reply by Nick Allen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36524#p36524 no_email@example.com (Nick Allen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36524#p36524 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 22:51:22 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36524#p36524 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips - April to July 2018 :: Reply by ourspot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7574&p=36568#p36568 – Sunday 29th April 2018 (4 spaces available)
– Sunday 27th May 2018 (4 spaces available)
– Sunday 8th July 2018 (6 spaces available)

Cheers Scott]]>
no_email@example.com (ourspot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7574&p=36568#p36568 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:57:17 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7574&p=36568#p36568
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Danseys Pass & rock wrens? :: Reply by FlyingKiwiGirl]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7564&p=36610#p36610 no_email@example.com (FlyingKiwiGirl) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7564&p=36610#p36610 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:36:40 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7564&p=36610#p36610 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: falcon :: Reply by FlyingKiwiGirl]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7518&p=36612#p36612 no_email@example.com (FlyingKiwiGirl) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7518&p=36612#p36612 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:52:32 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7518&p=36612#p36612 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Warming oceans could put seabirds out of sync with prey :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2730&p=36617#p36617
A team from British Antarctic Survey along with colleagues at the University of Edinburgh and Centre for Ecology & Hydrology studied data on the breeding patterns of 62 seabird species between 1952 and 2016, as sea surface temperatures rose sharply. They found that seabirds have not altered their breeding times in response to rising temperatures. Previous research has shown however that climate change has brought forward when many prey species – including squid, shrimp and small fish – reproduce. Seabirds have much longer lifespans than their prey and do not reproduce until they are a few years old, which means it takes them many more generations to adapt, researchers say.

The team assessed 145 bird populations at 60 locations across every continent. These included the British Antarctic Survey's sub-Antarctic Bird Island Research Station and the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology's field site on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth. The study, published in the journal Nature Climate Change this week (2 April 2018), received funding from the Natural Environment Research Council. Lead author Katharine Keogan, at the University of Edinburgh's School of Biological Sciences, said: "Many plants and animals now breed earlier than in previous decades, so our finding that seabirds haven't responded to changing environments is really surprising."

Dr. Sue Lewis, of the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology, said: "This collaboration was a global team effort, bringing together many of the world's seabird scientists and the data they have spent many years collecting. Uniting these studies has allowed us to draw powerful conclusions about the climate response of one of the most vulnerable bird groups on the planet."

Link to paper: https://www.nature.com/articles/s41558-018-0115-z]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2730&p=36617#p36617 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 09:30:59 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2730&p=36617#p36617
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Royal Spoonbill distribution :: Reply by FlyingKiwiGirl]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7581&p=36611#p36611 no_email@example.com (FlyingKiwiGirl) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7581&p=36611#p36611 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:42:56 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7581&p=36611#p36611 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Royal Spoonbill distribution :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7581&p=36620#p36620 cheers]]> no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7581&p=36620#p36620 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 21:06:01 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7581&p=36620#p36620 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Weka on Waiheke Island :: Reply by jdowding]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36622#p36622 We have a family bach at the eastern end of Onetangi, and where we are is surrounded by rough pasture and scrub/bush - definitely suitable habitat. We visit twice a year on average and I haven't yet seen or heard weka there.
Yes, weka could have an impact on NZ dotterels. However, there are relatively few pairs in the current core weka range around the eastern end of the island; however, when they get to high densities around Whakanewha (where dotterels are managed and there is a lot of predator control), things might get interesting.]]>
no_email@example.com (jdowding) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36622#p36622 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 22:07:39 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36622#p36622
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Chatham Island snipe :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7690&p=36638#p36638
A recent visit to Rangatira Island provided an opportunity to observe details of Chatham Island snipe foraging and breeding ecology overlooked during my first visit to the island 34 years ago, as a result of changes in the island's vegetation as it recovers from the farming era (the last stock were removed in 1961).

Information and images in the Te Papa blog: The littlest snipe http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2018/04/09/the-littlest-snipe/



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no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7690&p=36638#p36638 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 11:39:27 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7690&p=36638#p36638
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Petrels of Rangatira Island, Chatham Islands :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7695&p=36662#p36662
The following blog about petrels on Rangatira (including methods used to protect Chatham petrels from broad-billed prions competing for burrows) has been posted on the Te Papa blog site:




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no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7695&p=36662#p36662 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 16:44:55 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7695&p=36662#p36662
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36600#p36600 I presume you will have checked the eBird range map to get some answer to your question re the distribution of Common mynas:

They appear to be moving southward here in the Lower North Island - as recent sightings in Martinborough were apparently unusual.]]>
no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36600#p36600 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:58:39 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36600#p36600
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Anna Santure]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36608#p36608

We're particularly keen to get samples from these recent 'invasion fronts', so if anyone has a current trapping effort and would be happy to collect samples for us, it would be fabulous to hear from you!

Nga mihi nui,
no_email@example.com (Anna Santure) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36608#p36608 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:27:21 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36608#p36608
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Ian Southey]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36616#p36616
http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/system/file ... is_3_2.pdf - on p.57
http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/system/file ... is_4_4.pdf - on p.66

no_email@example.com (Ian Southey) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36616#p36616 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 22:40:30 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36616#p36616
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Anna Santure]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36629#p36629 It was really interesting to read your thoughts too regarding the edge of the range "wobbling" rather than moving - I was under the impression from talking to colleagues that there may be some evidence that ranges have been expanding recently, but you are absolutely correct that it is hard to tell whether it is an expansion or a temporary blip. There has certainly been quite a large expansion of mynas into Northland since Cunningham's publications.
Nga mihi nui - with many thanks,
no_email@example.com (Anna Santure) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36629#p36629 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 14:36:07 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36629#p36629
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36649#p36649 I would like to help you, but no dead birds sorry as freshly dead Indian mynas are very hard to get.

breeding season; Dec to March
Moulting season: Feb to June.
Becoming more common and spreading southward.
Varied diet, predominantly insects and fruits, plus pig foods
Do carry diseases from pig farms to pig farms.
High risk bird...they might oust native birds out of nest holes in trees.
Eggs, like starlings, but larger and more round.
Everywhere, roadsides, towns, farmland, beaches.

I had seen mynas catching and eating starling chicks, and in mid 1990s I watched a screaming juvenile myna being chased by a Australian magpie, which in turn been chased by a large flock of angry mynas. Mynas mobbed the magpie and flew after the magpie for 30 yards.
Black bases on yellow beaks, were absent during 1st autumn, arrived during 1st winter.

Often aggressive and I had seen mynas attacked Red-billed gulls and Australian magpies and mynas often got into fightings.

I do not have guns and gun license. sorry.

no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36649#p36649 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:49:53 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36649#p36649
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by mark ayre]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36650#p36650
cheers Mark]]>
no_email@example.com (mark ayre) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36650#p36650 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:22:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36650#p36650
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36651#p36651
Jan Walker also sent a comment to me today: "A couple turned up at Lyttelton on a ship a while ago and were dispatched, if I remember correctly."

I have also been told of 2 sightings south of Foxton in the past few months, where there seems to be a small breeding group - these were in Otaki and Waikanae.

I was also recently told by someone else that: "I've seen a couple [of Mynas] hanging around the Masterton landfill in the pine tree hedge for a few years now".

Regarding prey, I have seen one taking a large stick Insect into a nest to feed its chicks with.

I have also been told that they will invade nest holes occupied by native birds and then build their own nest on top of the existing nest even if it has chicks in it.]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36651#p36651 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 20:27:13 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36651#p36651
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36652#p36652 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36652#p36652 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 22:06:38 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36652#p36652 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Anna Santure]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36657#p36657
It does seem that freshly dead mynas are rather elusive! We have had success at getting DNA out of birds that are not very fresh, but the main thing needed for our project is a reasonable sample (10-20 birds) from each location, so I fear that me driving around scraping mynas off the road may not cut it! With that in mind, I may look at requesting ethics permission from my university to enable sampling of mynas from areas where there is not a control trapping effort in place.

Please do keep me in mind if you hear of anyone currently trapping, and thank you again to everyone for the fantastic information above, and I'd love to keep hearing if you spot mynas in any other odd places.

no_email@example.com (Anna Santure) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36657#p36657 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 18:13:28 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36657#p36657
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36658#p36658 adriangilbert@xtra.co.nz). He could possibly find you some carcasses.]]> no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36658#p36658 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 19:36:25 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36658#p36658 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Nick Allen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36660#p36660 no_email@example.com (Nick Allen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36660#p36660 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 23:14:36 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36660#p36660 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by Anna Santure]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36675#p36675 Oliver - indeed, really sad to see precious NZ species being gobbled by invaders :(
thanks Michael - yes I've been in touch with Adrian who is super kind and is actually helping to organise the collection of mynas for me both at his place and from a number of people / groups he's sold traps to in the far North, which is great!
Nick - thanks so much for the info - I think this is also reflected in JM Cunningham's papers from 1948 and 1951 that Ian uploaded to this forum too - I do wonder what "all centres" means though in terms of North Island cities / large towns! We are very lucky to have collaborators in Australia that we can compare samples to as I think it is really interesting to figure out whether NZ birds are from only one Australian population or a number of different introductions from different cities (likely Melbourne and/or Sydney). The good news is that genetics should be able to help us even if the records are a bit vague!]]>
no_email@example.com (Anna Santure) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36675#p36675 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:38:34 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36675#p36675
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Fairy Tern advice :: Author Benjamin Bond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36625#p36625 no_email@example.com (Benjamin Bond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36625#p36625 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:44:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36625#p36625 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36627#p36627 no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36627#p36627 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 13:02:57 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36627#p36627 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Benjamin Bond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36633#p36633 no_email@example.com (Benjamin Bond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36633#p36633 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 20:17:09 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36633#p36633 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by jdowding]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36634#p36634 no_email@example.com (jdowding) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36634#p36634 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 00:05:01 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36634#p36634 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Benjamin Bond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36645#p36645 no_email@example.com (Benjamin Bond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36645#p36645 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:10:56 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36645#p36645 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Benjamin Bond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36666#p36666 no_email@example.com (Benjamin Bond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36666#p36666 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:36:52 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36666#p36666 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36669#p36669 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36669#p36669 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 23:47:29 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36669#p36669 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Benjamin Bond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36671#p36671 no_email@example.com (Benjamin Bond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36671#p36671 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 11:29:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36671#p36671 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36673#p36673 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36673#p36673 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 14:34:14 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36673#p36673 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Benjamin Bond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36676#p36676 no_email@example.com (Benjamin Bond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36676#p36676 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:18:46 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36676#p36676 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Fairy Tern advice :: Reply by Benjamin Bond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36677#p36677 no_email@example.com (Benjamin Bond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36677#p36677 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 19:32:19 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7688&p=36677#p36677 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Barn owls at Waotu? :: Author Neil Fitzgerald]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36706#p36706
The 25-hectare Jim Barnett Reserve sits alongside the Waikato River in Te Waotu region.

There are four walking tracks in this reserve
It is home to trees such as totara, rimu, tawa, mangeao and rewarewa and to birds such as the tui, fantail, kereru, bell bird, morepork, barn owl and the grey warbler.

Does anyone know anything about this? I presume it is an old sighting of a temporary vagrant, or perhaps a misidentification.

http://www.forestandbird.org.nz/branche ... tt-reserve]]>
no_email@example.com (Neil Fitzgerald) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36706#p36706 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 13:55:26 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36706#p36706
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Barn owls at Waotu? :: Reply by TheBirderman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36709#p36709 no_email@example.com (TheBirderman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36709#p36709 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:07:46 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36709#p36709 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Barn owls at Waotu? :: Reply by Neil Fitzgerald]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36710#p36710 Will pass on anything useful I can find from the Forest and Bird contact.]]> no_email@example.com (Neil Fitzgerald) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36710#p36710 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 20:02:20 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7707&p=36710#p36710 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes :: Reply by Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36599#p36599 Cheers, Joanna]]> no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36599#p36599 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 21:46:00 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36599#p36599 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes :: Reply by Jim_j]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36601#p36601
I'm sure there was a piece in a recent F&B magazine about a guy in Coopers Beach using them.
My copy has mysteriously vanished ..so can't provide any more details sorry

no_email@example.com (Jim_j) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36601#p36601 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 08:26:45 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36601#p36601
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36602#p36602 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36602#p36602 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 10:30:43 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36602#p36602 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes :: Reply by Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36603#p36603 no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36603#p36603 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 17:33:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36603#p36603 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes :: Reply by Neil Fitzgerald]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36659#p36659 no_email@example.com (Neil Fitzgerald) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36659#p36659 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 22:32:55 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36659#p36659 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes :: Reply by Boris]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36714#p36714
You need to place them away from direct sunlight, and with plenty of height. My starlings now do very well since I relocated the boxes.
Its also a good idea to mount them very strongly with steel straps and coach bolts. They can otherwise bounce around horribly in a gale. None of mine have ever come down thankfully. A good hole size for starlings is 44~45 mm (no smaller). If you want to keep starlings out, anything smaller than 35mm would be plenty small enough.]]>
no_email@example.com (Boris) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36714#p36714 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:59:30 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36714#p36714
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Ruru Nesting Boxes :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36716#p36716
Most people can't keep them out of their eaves, etc.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36716#p36716 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 16:27:37 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=4822&p=36716#p36716
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Morepork spotting locations in Auckland :: Reply by TheBirderman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7006&p=36718#p36718 no_email@example.com (TheBirderman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7006&p=36718#p36718 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 20:11:09 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7006&p=36718#p36718 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Flock of tui :: Author fras444]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7709&p=36720#p36720 Taupo]]> no_email@example.com (fras444) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7709&p=36720#p36720 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 13:03:11 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7709&p=36720#p36720 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Birds that have not reached NZ, but should :: Reply by TheBirderman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2649&p=36721#p36721 no_email@example.com (TheBirderman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2649&p=36721#p36721 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:19:51 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=2649&p=36721#p36721 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little egret - Mangere Sewage Ponds :: Reply by Wayfarer]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7641&p=36466#p36466
We saw this bird on Wednesday afternoon last, a couple of hours after high tide. It flew in and landed at the far end of the storage pond, where it stayed (reasonably stationery) before relocating to the far bank, thereafter making its way around the fringes of the pond. We could see it making strikes into the water through our binos. After a time, in heavy rains, it took off and flew behind the row of large trees in the direction of the interior of Puketutu Island.
Beautiful little bird. Thanks for the posting/tip :)


LittleEgret.jpg (1098.39 KiB)

no_email@example.com (Wayfarer) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7641&p=36466#p36466 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 13:45:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7641&p=36466#p36466
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Pied Stilt Hybrid :: Author Mike Vincent]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7650&p=36468#p36468


Pied Stilt Black Stilt Hybrid.jpg (202.29 KiB)

no_email@example.com (Mike Vincent) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7650&p=36468#p36468 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:12:24 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7650&p=36468#p36468
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pied Stilt Hybrid :: Reply by Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7650&p=36471#p36471 http://notornis.osnz.org.nz/system/file ... s_31_2.pdf
Regards, Grahame]]>
no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7650&p=36471#p36471 Sat, 24 Mar 2018 11:09:23 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7650&p=36471#p36471
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Maketu and Little Waihi Update :: Author Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7652&p=36472#p36472



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no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7652&p=36472#p36472 Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:08:20 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7652&p=36472#p36472
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: 2 Greater sand plover - Big Sand Island :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7539&p=36473#p36473
Fingers crossed for a drier day tomorrow off Tutukaka+

Russ Cannings & Harry Boorman]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7539&p=36473#p36473 Sat, 24 Mar 2018 20:41:26 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7539&p=36473#p36473
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Strange gull Akaroa 25 Feb :: Author Nick Allen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36485#p36485
It had a black beak, which is strange in Akaroa, as I've only seen Red-billed & Black-backed Gulls there before. The legs seemed to be red. However check out the strange wingtip pattern... The bird was in moult, but it still looked weird.

Any thoughts as to what it is?


Strange gull Akaroa 250218 a
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Strange gull Akaroa 250218 a

Strange gull Akaroa 250218 b
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Strange gull Akaroa 250218 b

no_email@example.com (Nick Allen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36485#p36485 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 22:55:22 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36485#p36485
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Strange gull Akaroa 25 Feb :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36486#p36486 Black-billed gulls have expanded their range around banks peninsula and are regular at port levy, pigeon bay, little akaloa, okains bay and now akaroa harbour. So the first question is - if you ignore plumage did the structure and size of this bird match black-billed gull? At this time of year red legs on black bills is commonplace so nothing odd there, but that wing pattern is very odd.
If the head had some smudges and the bird's structure was more delicate than red or black billed gull, then the far eastern form of black- headed gull could be considered but the head looks all white and the bird is overall too pale.]]>
no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36486#p36486 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 23:40:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36486#p36486
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Strange gull Akaroa 25 Feb :: Reply by Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36487#p36487 So this two photos were of two moulting adult Black-billed gulls and one moulting adult Red-billed gull.]]> no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36487#p36487 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 01:39:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7660&p=36487#p36487 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Otago (Stewart Island) Shag Ashburton rivermouth :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36496#p36496 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36496#p36496 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 22:29:50 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36496#p36496 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Otago (Stewart Island) Shag Ashburton rivermouth :: Reply by Jim_j]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36497#p36497 Can you confirm that's 7000 (not 700)?
That amount of shags flying in would be an impressive sight

no_email@example.com (Jim_j) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36497#p36497 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 10:27:30 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36497#p36497
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Otago (Stewart Island) Shag Ashburton rivermouth :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36498#p36498
Ash S shag roost.jpg

And here's a pic (cell phone camera thru scope) of the Stewart Island Shag
Otago shag1.jpg


Ash S shag roost.jpg (156.02 KiB)

Otago shag1.jpg (123.3 KiB)

no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36498#p36498 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 11:04:18 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36498#p36498
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Otago (Stewart Island) Shag Ashburton rivermouth :: Reply by Jim_j]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36501#p36501 no_email@example.com (Jim_j) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36501#p36501 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 14:28:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7663&p=36501#p36501 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little Waihi/Maketu - E7 :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=435&p=36508#p36508 Just been handed a copy of this months National Geographic ... great to see the NZ Godwit's in the limelight and a mention of E7. The legend continues.
no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=435&p=36508#p36508 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 12:59:38 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=435&p=36508#p36508
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little Waihi/Maketu - E7 :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=435&p=36517#p36517 Phil]]> no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=435&p=36517#p36517 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 10:48:57 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=435&p=36517#p36517 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tattler at Waikuku Beach :: Reply by Bev Alexander]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7257&p=36519#p36519 Grey-Tailed Tattler still present at the Ashley estuary. Seen feeding along waters edge with 1 B.T.Godwit (mid in coming tide) today.
Happy Birding this weekend.
Bev. Alexander.]]>
no_email@example.com (Bev Alexander) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7257&p=36519#p36519 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 18:46:36 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7257&p=36519#p36519
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Kookaburra, Candia Road Henderson :: Author Chris Bindon]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7666&p=36525#p36525 no_email@example.com (Chris Bindon) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7666&p=36525#p36525 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 06:32:57 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7666&p=36525#p36525 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7568&p=36526#p36526 no_email@example.com (Paul Gibson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7568&p=36526#p36526 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 09:47:05 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7568&p=36526#p36526 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Falcon in Whakatane :: Author erikforsyth]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7667&p=36531#p36531
NZ Falcon hunting through the gardens at the top end of Gorge Road this morning. Was also seen heading into the Mokorua Bush reserve on Thursday the 29th.

Best wishes
Erik Forsyth
Rockjumper Birding Tours
no_email@example.com (erikforsyth) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7667&p=36531#p36531 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:46:02 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7667&p=36531#p36531
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Any news from Ellesmere this weekend? :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36532#p36532 The standout location at present is Jarvis rd whete there remains some great wader habitat and hundreds of both pied stilt and banded dotterel.
Still many migratory waders around - arctics seen today were:
2 red knot
4 Turnstone
14 pacific golden plover
4 curlew sandpiper (1 in breeding plumage )
4 sharp-tailed sandpiper
8 red necked stint
194 wrybill]]>
no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36532#p36532 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 13:54:27 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36532#p36532
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Late show in cuckoos :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36477#p36477 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36477#p36477 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 10:18:58 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36477#p36477 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Late show in cuckoos :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36482#p36482 One seen last weekend also in Kowhai tree, and silent. (Motueka)
no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36482#p36482 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:47:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36482#p36482
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Late show in cuckoos :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36533#p36533 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36533#p36533 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 13:57:47 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7656&p=36533#p36533 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Common Tern - Kaipara North Head :: Author sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7669&p=36535#p36535
There was a Common Tern with about 1500 White-fronted Terns on the beach at Pouto - on North Head Kaipara Harbour, this afternoon.

Not quite in full breeding plumage, with some white still on the forehead, but no carpal bar showing, and lovely silver-washed primaries. One really strange thing was that it stood in a completely different direction to the other terns (which were all facing into a light breeze). Pale rump showed well in flight, along with the diagnostic underwing pattern.

This location is about 15km away from Rauwai wharf where there was a Common Tern earlier in the Summer, but it is the same body of water.

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7669&p=36535#p36535 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 17:55:31 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7669&p=36535#p36535
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Ellesmere, Canterbury March 31 2018 :: Reply by Steve Wratten]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7582&p=36540#p36540 Jarvis Road was great: 8 Pacific golden Plovers (2 in ad. plumage), 150 Banded Dotterels, I NZ Pipit and 11 (eleven!) sharp-tailed sandpipers]]> no_email@example.com (Steve Wratten) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7582&p=36540#p36540 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 10:46:34 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7582&p=36540#p36540 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Kawhia Harbour- Black Stilt & Bittern :: Author RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7670&p=36542#p36542
Lisa and I enjoyed a very pleasant day exploring the Kawhia Harbour area today. At high tide we strolled south down Ocean Beach to the mouth of the harbour where ~360 Banded Dots were roosting along with 7 NZ Dots. As the tide fell we skirted the north side of the harbour back east and lucked into a BITTERN hunting in a wet paddock beside the road not far from the Aotea turnoff. We then returned home to Cambridge via a long scenic route along the south side of the harbour, Te Anga, and Waitomo. The clear highlight along this route was an apparent BLACK STILT which we scoped out in the inlet mudflats near Kinohaku. After noting that there were 250+ Pieds present I commented to Lisa that, "This might be a good area to check for Black Stilts in winter." Well within about 20 seconds, in comes a black stilt! It was banded though unfortunately we couldn't get the combo due to backlighting. Will aim to post a photo once I get to my laptop.

Great day to be out and about.

Russ and Lisa C]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7670&p=36542#p36542 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 20:09:33 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7670&p=36542#p36542
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Three Royal spoonbills in Firth of Thames :: Author Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7671&p=36545#p36545
Spoonbills are on centre of this photo below blue patch.



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no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7671&p=36545#p36545 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 22:19:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7671&p=36545#p36545
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Four cattle egrets, south-east of Waitakaruru. :: Author Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7672&p=36546#p36546
I had photographed the egrets and I videoed the egrets, but sadly this website do not allow videos.

These egrets were 30 yards from me and are wary, then they took off and flew to drinking trough to drink.



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no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7672&p=36546#p36546 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 22:29:48 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7672&p=36546#p36546
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Spotless crake & Banded rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36547#p36547 Over the last week during high tide there has been a Banded dotterel flock on the grass at Warehouse Way nearby, varying from 10-15 birds.]]> no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36547#p36547 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 23:40:47 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36547#p36547 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Ohiwa - update :: Author Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7676&p=36554#p36554 Tim]]> no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7676&p=36554#p36554 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 16:35:26 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7676&p=36554#p36554 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Gull billed Tern - Motueka Spit. :: Author Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7677&p=36555#p36555
no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7677&p=36555#p36555 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:37:47 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7677&p=36555#p36555
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Lake Ellesmere birding :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7678&p=36556#p36556 13 pacific golden plover
2 sharp-tailed sandpiper
1 godwit
2 red-necked stint.
This is the time of year (late feb to late April ) when all the good stuff turns up sp folks, keep your eyes open....]]>
no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7678&p=36556#p36556 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:01:06 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7678&p=36556#p36556
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Petrel Dunedin :: Author Matthias]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36559#p36559 no_email@example.com (Matthias) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36559#p36559 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 09:21:14 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36559#p36559 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Petrel Dunedin :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36561#p36561 Cheers, Phi]]> no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36561#p36561 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:00:09 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36561#p36561 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Petrel Dunedin :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36573#p36573 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36573#p36573 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 13:30:15 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36573#p36573 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Petrel Dunedin :: Reply by George Hobson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36574#p36574
philbattley wrote:Hi Matthias, left-field suggestion is Black-fronted Tern. I think the white rump and contrasting light and dark around the face would fit.
Cheers, Phi

Picture seems to be gone, but from when I saw it last night, I'd agree with you on Black-fronted Tern.]]>
no_email@example.com (George Hobson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36574#p36574 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 14:04:29 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7680&p=36574#p36574
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pink-footed Shearwater at Kaikoura :: Reply by Matthias]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36562#p36562 no_email@example.com (Matthias) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36562#p36562 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 09:20:19 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36562#p36562 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pink-footed Shearwater at Kaikoura :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36566#p36566 no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36566#p36566 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:36:20 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36566#p36566 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pink-footed Shearwater at Kaikoura :: Reply by erikforsyth]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36572#p36572
here is the bird from Kaikoura taken 13th February 2018 by Matt Anderson and my strange bird from the Hauraki Gulf in October 2017 below.

Erik Forsyth
Rockjumper Birding Tours


Shearwater species Hauraki Gulf
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Shearwater species Hauraki Gulf

Pink-footed Shearwater Kaikoura
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Pink-footed Shearwater Kaikoura

no_email@example.com (erikforsyth) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36572#p36572 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 11:47:41 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36572#p36572
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pink-footed Shearwater at Kaikoura :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36575#p36575 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36575#p36575 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 16:45:15 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7565&p=36575#p36575 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: stonking good day at L Ellesmere this arvo :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7685&p=36589#p36589
There's been a big influx of Red-necked Stints at Jarvis Road and now the full summer flock has revealed that every bird is still here - many of which were showing partial or full breeding plumage).

Birds at Jarvis Rd today were:

57 Red-necked Stint
710 Banded Dotterel
150+ Wrybill
400+ Pied Stilt
4 Pacific Golden Plover
2 Curlew Sandpiper (1 in good breeding plumage)
3 Sharp-tailed sandpiper
2 Bar-tailed Godwit

Over in the section between the Selwyn rivermouth and the LII rivermouth water levels were high, but interesting birds included:

1 Gull-billed Tern
11 Mute Swan
46 Royal Spoonbill
and these 3 Cape Barren Geese - good candidates for wild birds as they were flushed alongside other waterfowl by a passing Harrier and flew a good 1.5 km out over the lake and back to land well away from where they'd been. (Captive escapes tend more often to stand and look, then waddle around).
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no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7685&p=36589#p36589 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:30:30 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7685&p=36589#p36589
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: New breeding species for New Zealand - Leach's Storm Petrel :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7577&p=36598#p36598
The nest site was checked the day after we arrived (7 March) and found to contain a pair of broad-billed prions with no sign of a storm petrel egg or chick. Once the prions were removed, I found the desiccated remains of a banded Leach's storm petrel incorporated in the nest lining.

A barricade intended to exclude larger species but let storm petrels in was fitted to the entrance tunnel (Novacoil) a few days later, with an internal stick fence to detect any birds entering the burrow. The fence had not been disturbed at the last check 3 weeks later.

Play-back of Leach's storm petrel calls near the nest site and at rock tumbles within 100 m of the site on several fine nights failed to elicit a response.

And so the status of Leach's storm petrel as a breeding species in New Zealand is back to square zero.

no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7577&p=36598#p36598 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 19:43:19 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7577&p=36598#p36598
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36463#p36463 no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36463#p36463 Thu, 22 Mar 2018 19:41:50 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36463#p36463 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36469#p36469 no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36469#p36469 Fri, 23 Mar 2018 19:40:44 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36469#p36469 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Chris Bindon]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36489#p36489
Does this seem a reasonable scenario? If so, how could this be organised, maybe via one of the Naval vessels that carry DOC staff etc?

Many thanks,

no_email@example.com (Chris Bindon) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36489#p36489 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 11:47:50 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36489#p36489
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36490#p36490
Very concerned to see the suggestions on the Forum from Chris Bindon.

There is no good reason to transport the Frigate anywhere. Doing-so would result in it's disorientation when turned-out in a different location to where it landed, especially on the opposite coast to where it thinks it is located.

Moving the bird would stress it and probably result in it flying off in the wrong direction to it's death. It should be taken back to Muriwai where it was found, a nice short distance away.

We've witnessed the tragic outcomes of previous misguided 'repatriations' of rare species like this before. 'Happy Feet' the Emperor Penguin is a recent example, and so are both of the UK Frigates that were 'helped' back to where the rescuers assumed they'd originated from, only to perish because the birds were totally lost and confused when released somewhere unfamiliar.

Not only is Muriwai close to the centre and on the correct coast, it offers suitable perches for this tree-landing avian species and an immediate food source amongst the local ternery.

Keep it simple and the right thing for the birds, please. Just do the right thing and let nature take it's course.]]>
no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36490#p36490 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:05:22 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36490#p36490
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Chris Bindon]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36491#p36491
Many thanks,

no_email@example.com (Chris Bindon) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36491#p36491 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 14:44:15 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36491#p36491
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36576#p36576
Just reporting that the bird was released successfully today from the Muriwai Gannet Colony. It immediately took off and after a bit of trouble from the gulls, circled high into the sky. I was lucky enough to be invited as the photographer (which will come later) but a big effort was made by the centre to keep the event under wraps. Apologies to all those who wanted to view the release, and hopefully if history repeats itself they will be a bit more open to spectators.]]>
no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36576#p36576 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:01:12 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36576#p36576
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36577#p36577
Paul has asked me to post this email from.

Well, in New Zealand birding, things quite often happen that shake you to your foundations
and make you question your own faith in people, and the mad, mad place we live.
Today was the ‘stand-out’ occasion in 45 years of birding for me, in that respect.

On receipt of my email, Green Bay Bird Rescue Centre finally accepted that the Lesser Frigate
was wasting-away due to mis-handling, and being kept so long. (not to mention the excessive
examinations, photographing, and drawing of extreme quantities of blood as shown on Facebook!).

They were hanging onto it because they mistakenly thought it still had to re-gain waterproofing
in it’s plumage (Frigates don’t have waterproof plumage!!), and they needed a prevailing wind
to take it north. It was no longer thriving, and with muscular degeneration from it’s extended
confinement, I informed them, it’s chances of survival were falling day-by-day.

In addition to pleading with them to inform me so we could observe the release from a distance with
binoculars, I personally pledged a couple of hundred dollars donation to bird welfare funds.

I provided them with weather maps for today, and documents about the plumage issue to urge
consideration of immediate release on welfare grounds.

So today they released it at Muriwai, in exactly the place and time I’d suggested…. but with one difference:

They specifically withheld this information from those who had requested (nee, pleaded) to be there!!

Fully aware of the critical desire of three or four dedicated birders to watch from a distance, they
deliberately withheld the news and set off in secret despite having my full contact details.

The bird was released in full public gaze next to the busy Muriwai Gannet Colony viewing platform,
and placed on the branch where the Red-Footed Booby was enjoyed by so many of us last year.

They even took along a film crew from TVNZ ‘Seven Sharp’!! Non-birders standing-about everywhere!

Far from this being an issue of welfare of the bird, the exclusion of those of us to whom this was a
once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, was an act of such maliciousness and bad faith, that I was moved to tears.

In order to deceive birders, they were prepared to fore-go hundreds, perhaps thousands of dollars
in gratefully-given donations that would have benefitted birds in future.

There’s no mistake here. This was a deliberate act of extreme malice and spite directed against
birders. It came as no surprise to those who’ve been following this bird’s progress for the last month.

The Centre’s staff have been surly, unhelpful and downright hostile at all times, refusing all attempts
to offer vital advice or in fact, even engage in a polite or positive conversation with anyone identified
as a birder. To quote Sav….” WHY???”

I can’t answer Sav’s question. It’s a mystery why birders, and twitchers in particular, are so reviled and
discriminated-against in New Zealand….to the point of others harming birds rather than address a birder.

We were at Miranda when the Centre let slip that their team had left the building and set off for Muriwai.

A two-hour dash through the Auckland traffic saw us arrive 90 minutes too late.

The bird had sat for thirty seconds on the release branch then flown high and straight, away to the south
where is was lost as a tiny black dot in the distance at high altitude.

It’s all over for birders. And to quote Sav again…”WHY???”.

You can see it on ‘Seven Sharp’ tonight or on Weds. In fact anyone who was standing-around on the
public viewing platform could have seen it. And so could any Tom, Dick, or Harry.
…..so long as they weren’t a birder.

Nasty. Very nasty.]]>
no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36577#p36577 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 18:35:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36577#p36577
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36578#p36578 no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36578#p36578 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 19:02:42 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36578#p36578 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36579#p36579 The birders who tried so hard to find an opportunity to see it are people that care a great deal about this bird and in no way want it to come to any harm. They are not part of the touchy feely brigade. They don't want to cuddle it, put it in a box and show it off as some kind of rescued damsel in distress avian trophy on social media. They, I assume, are also not part of the "we must document everything brigade" and desire everyone else to step aside while they take 110 photos of every possible angle. I suggest that these birders would be far more sensitive to the bird's fears and anxiety than all the joe public onlookers, media stars, and officiendos
I'm not sure that NZers have a prejudice against twitchers. Does the prejudice perhaps have its source in the influential non-birding ex-pat Brit community in NZ? Have they imported a mindset based on urban legends of the ugly twitcher?
Anyway final thought. I do hope those birders who did in fact get to see this frigatebird released did their best to have their excluded comrades included? I think if it were me I'd feel a duty to try and make peace between the groups and try to bring some inclusiveness. Because after all every birder there (whether on the invite list or not) was essentially into twitching this bird, right?]]>
no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36579#p36579 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:40:54 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36579#p36579
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36580#p36580 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36580#p36580 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:18:33 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36580#p36580 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36581#p36581
I have to say, I do agree with Paul: it does defy belief why the rescue centre have been so secretive and anti and totally unwilling to have any interested people attending the release.
I can't work out what logical reason they would have had not to include the few keen people that had shown serious interest, even at the early stages.... With people even donating money it surely it would have been a win win all round?

Seeing now that they let it go at a public sight anyway, it is a complete enigma to me why the Rescue Centre couldn’t grant our birders the option of attending the release of the frigate bird by notifying someone, but they could invite Seven Sharp and had no worries about any ‘Joe’ public being there.

I’m very disappointed at the decision of the Rescue Centre and it has also been very worrying to read Paul’s words about the deteriorating health status of the bird, caused by possible mishandling and lack of knowledge.

Very disappointing attitude by the Rescue Centre overall.

no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36581#p36581 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 21:35:50 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36581#p36581
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36582#p36582 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36582#p36582 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 22:06:34 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36582#p36582 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Ian McLean]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36586#p36586 In regard to the Frigatebird & the NZ Bird Rescue Charitable Trust in Green Bay, can people please refrain from sending them any direct criticism over this episode. The reason I ask is that as the Auckland Regional Representative from Birds New Zealand I am currently trying to build some bridges with them in order to have a mutually beneficial relationship that will benefit both birders, the volunteers & the birds !
There appears to be some previous history that has soured things a bit, I am not familiar with any episode but it is likely to have been a personality clash between cantankerous individuals from a long time ago that has been responsible.
My hope is that a relationship will be developed that will allow for more openness, less secrecy & greater co-operation. If relations were to be soured further, it could mean that rarities taken there by the public go completely unrecorded & that would be most regrettable from both a birding interest & a scientific point of view.
Ian McLean
Auckland Regional Representative
Birds New Zealand]]>
no_email@example.com (Ian McLean) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36586#p36586 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 12:52:12 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36586#p36586
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36587#p36587
Oscar Thomas wrote:No birders were present apart from me, but the bird rescue asked me to be present for photographs. I was only told it was going to be released an hour prior so couldn’t exactly get the word out, and was strictly instructed not to share any information about it.

Hi Oscar,

Did they explain WHY you were not allowed to share the information? If they didn't, would you be able to ask the question? I guess that Ian's request means that none of us wicked twitchers are able to.

It beggars belief that a charity has so much money that donations of several hundred dollars can be turned down in the way that they did.

And BTW if anyone asks you to suppress information about a rarity in the future, my advise would be to ignore the instruction - "publish and be damned!!" (Ask anyone that was birding in the UK in the early 1980s if the name Barry Spence rings any bells!!).

And I guess your latest lifer ought to be Lesser Frigatebird...........

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36587#p36587 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:02:01 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36587#p36587
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36588#p36588
And I guess your latest lifer ought to be Lesser Frigatebird...........

Not wanting to beat up this topic too much more--but out of interest--does NZ accept captive-released birds as wild and countable on one's list? I would have thought you'd have to wait a little longer but maybe not?]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36588#p36588 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 19:28:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36588#p36588
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36590#p36590 Not sure exactly if there are any rules of engagement for NZ. We very rarely get the chance to benefit from a "bonus" bird as you are aware.
But I guess it boils down to how much of a purist you are. It was a wild bird and went back into the wild albeit a little tainted you might say... (AC!)
Personally if I had the opportunity, I would have gone to the release site, and if it flew of, fit and well, as it did, I would have claimed it.
Don't forget all those translocated birds spread all around the offshore Islands.... not a great deal of difference and manhandled at some point.
Or Penguins that have been shifted from one beach to another.... would you still count that?... probably yup.
If it was a lifer that might be a different story??
And for those wondering if I claimed the Kerguelen Pet a year or so back. I was privileged to see one released but the bird was not up to it and was recaptured and subsequently died shortly after. No, still waiting for a real one.]]>
no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36590#p36590 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:04:42 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36590#p36590
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36591#p36591
RussCannings wrote:
And I guess your latest lifer ought to be Lesser Frigatebird...........

Not wanting to beat up this topic too much more--but out of interest--does NZ accept captive-released birds as wild and countable on one's list? I would have thought you'd have to wait a little longer but maybe not?

Hey Russ,

Like many other things in birding, there isn't a "NZ Standard" for this, nor anywhere else I guess. I know that lots of UK birders will go for a released bird, but it really is a matter of personal choice, and I'll go on the record to say that I wouldn't do it myself. (Unless it was something really, really cool of course!)

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36591#p36591 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 20:17:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36591#p36591
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36592#p36592 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36592#p36592 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 21:38:49 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36592#p36592 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36593#p36593
In general though I'd probably ere on the ABA side of things (my usual bias) of waiting 24 hours after release. To me that's a key difference between a frigatebird flying away from a box and a stitchbird that has settled into it's new island home. We don't have this problem here but I have heard of mistnet banders/ringers in Europe keeping healthy vagrants in bags over night to give twitchers a chance to drive down and see the release.

More importantly though, I hope we do find a way to develop a more open and trusting relationship with care facilities and other auxiliary wildlife organisations in NZ.

no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36593#p36593 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 06:54:26 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36593#p36593
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36594#p36594
Do you think we would be able to see any of the images from the release ? or is that going to antagonize some people.

no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36594#p36594 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 11:56:01 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36594#p36594
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36595#p36595


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no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36595#p36595 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 12:14:01 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36595#p36595
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36596#p36596
no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36596#p36596 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 14:42:02 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36596#p36596
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36597#p36597
no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36597#p36597 Thu, 05 Apr 2018 17:06:36 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36597#p36597
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36609#p36609 no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36609#p36609 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:30:37 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36609#p36609 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36613#p36613 no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36613#p36613 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:54:47 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36613#p36613 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36614#p36614 https://www.tvnz.co.nz/shows/seven-shar ... rigatebird]]> no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36614#p36614 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:57:02 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36614#p36614 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36615#p36615
It's a nice bird ... would be great if one turns up in future and stays around for a bit.
You never know. We've had some interesting weather patterns this summer. I'm sure they will be repeated.
no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36615#p36615 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 20:04:05 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36615#p36615
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis :: Reply by Will Parsons]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36507#p36507 no_email@example.com (Will Parsons) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36507#p36507 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 09:52:11 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36507#p36507 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36509#p36509 no_email@example.com (Paul Gibson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36509#p36509 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 15:32:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36509#p36509 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis :: Reply by GKincaid]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36511#p36511 no_email@example.com (GKincaid) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36511#p36511 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 19:00:10 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36511#p36511 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis :: Reply by boneywhitefoot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36512#p36512 no_email@example.com (boneywhitefoot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36512#p36512 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 22:18:58 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36512#p36512 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis :: Reply by Will Parsons]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36528#p36528 no_email@example.com (Will Parsons) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36528#p36528 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 22:07:17 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36528#p36528 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis :: Reply by GKincaid]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36550#p36550 no_email@example.com (GKincaid) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36550#p36550 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 11:44:40 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36550#p36550 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis :: Reply by imogen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36618#p36618 no_email@example.com (imogen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36618#p36618 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 18:03:02 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4072&p=36618#p36618 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: White variable oyster catcher - not Blanche :: Reply by jdowding]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7453&p=36621#p36621 I think I may have found your bird. On 06 April, there was a flock of about 35 VOC on the lawn at Orapiu Lodge. As the tide dropped, they gradually wandered out onto the beach and started to feed - all very slow and relaxed. Among them was this one. After a while, a group of them (including this one) flew around the point towards Te Matuku.



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no_email@example.com (jdowding) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7453&p=36621#p36621 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 21:22:47 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7453&p=36621#p36621
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Bittern - at last! :: Author GrahamB]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36515#p36515 Sad really.]]> no_email@example.com (GrahamB) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36515#p36515 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:37:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36515#p36515 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Bittern - at last! :: Reply by Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36518#p36518 no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36518#p36518 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 11:13:02 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36518#p36518 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Bittern - at last! :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36522#p36522
Same with lots of things I guess, it's certainly true of trout.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36522#p36522 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 20:06:51 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36522#p36522
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Bittern - at last! :: Reply by Will Parsons]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36529#p36529 no_email@example.com (Will Parsons) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36529#p36529 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 22:10:01 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36529#p36529 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Bittern - at last! :: Reply by boneywhitefoot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36538#p36538 no_email@example.com (boneywhitefoot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36538#p36538 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:59:53 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36538#p36538 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Bittern - at last! :: Reply by Will Parsons]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36631#p36631 no_email@example.com (Will Parsons) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36631#p36631 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 17:13:40 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7664&p=36631#p36631 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by imogen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36619#p36619
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no_email@example.com (imogen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36619#p36619 Sat, 07 Apr 2018 18:05:35 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36619#p36619
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36632#p36632 Phil]]> no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36632#p36632 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 19:46:55 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36632#p36632 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Anyone count wrybill at ki-wainono in spring 2013? :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7692&p=36647#p36647 Thanks]]> no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7692&p=36647#p36647 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 17:02:50 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7692&p=36647#p36647 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Terns :: Author Pistolero1920]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36623#p36623 Can you advise if there are any other pure white, black eyed, black beaked birds I might be mistaking these for?
ps, I'm new to bird watching.]]>
no_email@example.com (Pistolero1920) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36623#p36623 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 08:40:14 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36623#p36623
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Terns :: Reply by George Hobson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36624#p36624 If you're not sure how to, there's a guide in the help section, or you're welcome to email them to me and I can do it :)
White Tern is unlikely as they're a very rare tropical seabird, is Black-billed gull a possibility?]]>
no_email@example.com (George Hobson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36624#p36624 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 09:34:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36624#p36624
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Terns :: Reply by tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36628#p36628 no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36628#p36628 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 13:29:47 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36628#p36628 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Terns :: Reply by Pistolero1920]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36636#p36636 no_email@example.com (Pistolero1920) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36636#p36636 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 09:30:28 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36636#p36636 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Terns :: Reply by nzsam]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36648#p36648
Pistolero1920 wrote:Definitely not a black billed gull, we have plenty of those here. Where do I find the help section, to find out how to post photos?

Try this link - viewtopic.php?f=5&t=5744]]>
no_email@example.com (nzsam) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36648#p36648 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 18:15:12 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7687&p=36648#p36648
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Fernbird, Waitangi Hawkes Bay :: Author tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36626#p36626 It wasn't there yesterday but it was a very nice surprise this morning and possible first fernbird at this site ever!
I am not sure if it is going to stick around but good to see one crossing lots of farmland to get to this wetland.]]>
no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36626#p36626 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 12:52:15 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36626#p36626
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Fernbird, Waitangi Hawkes Bay :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36635#p36635 no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36635#p36635 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 06:48:20 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36635#p36635 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Fernbird, Waitangi Hawkes Bay :: Reply by tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36641#p36641 no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36641#p36641 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 13:55:09 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36641#p36641 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Fernbird, Waitangi Hawkes Bay :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36642#p36642 no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36642#p36642 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:25:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36642#p36642 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Fernbird, Waitangi Hawkes Bay :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36653#p36653
Russ C]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36653#p36653 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 07:00:34 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7689&p=36653#p36653
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Cool Strait Ferry Crossing :: Author Davidthomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7693&p=36654#p36654
2 Grey backed storm petrel
1 Northern Royal Albatross
1 Juvenile Campbell/Black-Browed Albatross (didn’t see underwing)
15+ NZ White-Capped Albatross
15+ Cape Petrels (I didn’t see anything but snares sub spp.)
2 short tailed shearwater
1 sooty shearwater (showing white wingflashes)
5+ Westland/White-Chinned Petrels
20+ Bullers Shearwaters
100+ Fluttering Shearwaters
5+ Huttons Shearwaters
100+ Fairy Prion
1 Possible Broad-billed prion
1 possible soft plumage petrel
20+ Common Diving Petrel

Just inside the sounds there was a large mixed flock of terns, with atleast 10 Black-Fronted terns, and a single Arctic Skua, and quite a few gulls.

Worth getting out for a sea watch if you’re in the Wellington area over the next two days I’d say! Cape Palliser would be pumping today, with surprisingly good visibility considering the storm.



Did a quick seawatch from Kaikoura in a break in the weather, and it was rather quiet considering. A single Large Procellaria petrel was seen and some fluttons l and that was it in 5 minutes, so decided I’d rather be warm!

A few turnstones, banded Dotterels and oystercatchers on the rocky platforms at the peninsular carpark among the gulls seals and whitefaced herons.]]>
no_email@example.com (Davidthomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7693&p=36654#p36654 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 13:44:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7693&p=36654#p36654
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Another interesting VOC :: Author jdowding]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7694&p=36655#p36655


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no_email@example.com (jdowding) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7694&p=36655#p36655 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:02:21 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7694&p=36655#p36655
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Rainbow Lorikeets, Mt Albert, Auckland :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7699&p=36678#p36678 no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7699&p=36678#p36678 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 10:03:45 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7699&p=36678#p36678 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Black-fronted Terns, Island Bay :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7701&p=36688#p36688
Link to photo: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5B5A6B5C

Link to photo: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5B5DEC96]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7701&p=36688#p36688 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:01:43 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7701&p=36688#p36688
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Cattle Egret, S Otago :: Author Richard Schofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7702&p=36689#p36689 no_email@example.com (Richard Schofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7702&p=36689#p36689 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:08:41 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7702&p=36689#p36689 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Huntly Lakes & Morrinsville Birding :: Author RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7703&p=36690#p36690
Today Lisa was at a Hen's Due so... Translation: Birding day for me!

It has been a while since I've birded around Huntly so I decided to patrol some of the lakes in that area (Horseshoe, Rotokauri, Waahi, Puketirini, Rotongaroiti, Whangape, Waikare), then I stopped in at the Morrinsville poo ponds on the way home.

Horseshoe and Rotokauri in NW Hamilton were pretty quiet but the diversity was a bit better up in Huntly. Many of these lakes are nutrient-rich so are often algae-choked, high in sediment (and introduced fish) so a far cry from what they would have been like 100 years ago--so anything on the water is a good day! In general there were typically all 4 species of shag present in most areas, lots of Canada Geese (Including 800+ on Waikare), Black Swan, Mallard/hybrids, and Grey Teal. ~25 (two groups) and a single Caspian Tern were on Waahi, and there was a group of 17 ducks on Whangape that looked very Grey-like which is quite a count for dark-bodied/bold-faced/green+black speculum birds. Whangape also had 9 Royal Spoonbill in addition to other usuals.

On my way back south I stopped in at 3 access points to the large Lake Waikare. The surprise here was no less than 44 Caspian Terns either fishing or loafing on some islets in the NE corner of the lake. Caspian Terns are always in the Huntly area but usually in 1s, 2s, or 3s. The other high count was over 60 peafowl wandering in rough pasture on the east side of Waikare Rd (along with 50+ turkey). Probably many more but I only started carefully counting after the first 40 (spread out over a 5+km stretch of the road toward the SE end).

Finally, the Morrinsville WTP did not disappoint as I found my first ever BANDED DOTTEREL for the Waikato interior along with a leucistic Grey Teal--similar to a bird I saw at Maketu in the summer. Check out photos and the full checklist here:

I put everything else into eBird as well so you can find more specific numbers if you play around with the hotspots there. Let me know if you're not sure how to do that.

Russ C
Currently in Matangi, NZ]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7703&p=36690#p36690 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 18:34:52 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7703&p=36690#p36690
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Grey-tailed Tattler still at Ashley Estuary :: Author mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36683#p36683 Image
Grey-tailed Tattler
Mike Ashbee]]>
no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36683#p36683 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:03:25 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36683#p36683
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey-tailed Tattler still at Ashley Estuary :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36685#p36685 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36685#p36685 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 22:52:33 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36685#p36685 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey-tailed Tattler still at Ashley Estuary :: Reply by mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36687#p36687 no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36687#p36687 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 10:02:36 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36687#p36687 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Grey-tailed Tattler still at Ashley Estuary :: Reply by mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36692#p36692 Good birding
Mike Ashbee]]>
no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36692#p36692 Sun, 15 Apr 2018 13:24:25 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7700&p=36692#p36692
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by ledzep]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36480#p36480 no_email@example.com (ledzep) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36480#p36480 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 16:47:36 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36480#p36480 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by sandyw]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36484#p36484


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no_email@example.com (sandyw) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36484#p36484 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 20:20:47 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36484#p36484
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by ledzep]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36523#p36523 no_email@example.com (ledzep) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36523#p36523 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 21:00:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36523#p36523 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by sandyw]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36541#p36541
I've heard there are cirl buntings in the area, but no sign today. Anyone know if there have been any seen recently in Te Kopahou?


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no_email@example.com (sandyw) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36541#p36541 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 19:55:02 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36541#p36541
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by ledzep]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36543#p36543 no_email@example.com (ledzep) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36543#p36543 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:19:56 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36543#p36543 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by George Hobson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36553#p36553
ledzep wrote:Baring Head yes, and further north Green Point to Titahi Bay area. But no reason why they shouldn't be in the Te Kopahau area as well.

Slightly off topic, but any tips for seeing them at baring head, pleasseee? I've tried there a large number of times, with no success. Thanks!]]>
no_email@example.com (George Hobson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36553#p36553 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:22:12 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36553#p36553
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by CMKMStephens]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36558#p36558
Sunday walking from Ōtari-Wilton Bush to Wadestown, saw what looks more like a Harrier at extreme range, before it headed up towards Te Ahumairangi Hill. (2)

no_email@example.com (CMKMStephens) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36558#p36558 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:19:45 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36558#p36558
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by berle]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36585#p36585
The first was on the track near Table Hut, in from Otaki Forks.
Second was this weekend, at the southern end of the Big Bend Track in the Orongorongo Valley.

no_email@example.com (berle) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36585#p36585 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 11:23:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36585#p36585
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by sandyw]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36607#p36607 no_email@example.com (sandyw) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36607#p36607 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 19:12:02 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36607#p36607 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by Shamus]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36637#p36637
ledzep wrote:A pair of Falcons today sitting on a bare tree branch on the Belmont Trig Bridleway. Both appeared to be adult birds. Both flew off, but returned to the tree later so it may be a favourite vantage point. GPS 174.865634 -41.191401. Also some Whiteheads in a bush with Silvereyes about 100 metres further up. Whiteheads and Bellbirds calling from near Belmont Trig.
Video: https://youtu.be/pFrXoIPh9Dc
no_email@example.com (Shamus) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36637#p36637 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 10:32:55 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36637#p36637
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by CMKMStephens]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36693#p36693

I hate to be that person with the blurry photos, but looking at a couple of photos from the end of the day at Pariwhero / Red Rocks, are these just Caspian terns or something more interesting? Looks like red/orange bill, black head, long neck



Similarly, together with a couple hundred White-fronted terns, there were a few on the taller rock that looked a little different (is there a technical term for tern-based wishful thinking?)


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no_email@example.com (CMKMStephens) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36693#p36693 Sun, 15 Apr 2018 14:13:07 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36693#p36693
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Pure white seagull :: Reply by Remi]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4603&p=36695#p36695 I Just saw that pure white gull today at Nelson and I took a picture as it is the first time I se a similar bird


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no_email@example.com (Remi) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4603&p=36695#p36695 Sun, 15 Apr 2018 18:40:39 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4603&p=36695#p36695
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Two Black kites - Northland :: Author Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36696#p36696
Saw 2 black kites yesterday on Hway 12 between Kaikohe and Rawene turnoff. They were near turn off to Otua ora place similar. I have a witness to the 2nd bird too.]]>
no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36696#p36696 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 07:15:14 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36696#p36696
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Two Black kites - Northland :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36698#p36698
Before you race up there, show him a photo of a juv Swamp Harrier.

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36698#p36698 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:52:41 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36698#p36698
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Two Black kites - Northland :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36701#p36701
Hi Oscar. I see zillions of trillions juv harriers. Plenty around ATM but no way juv harriers. I think a few or a flock must have come over and maybe fragmented on the way as a guess of course. I will be up there again and will keep my eye out. I have also seen harriers recently with split tails eg a feather or 2 missing in the middle. I also saw the kite at Meremere 15 plus years ago and the one near Blenhiem several years ago too plus hoards overseas.]]>
no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36701#p36701 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 21:42:13 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36701#p36701
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Two Black kites - Northland :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36702#p36702 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36702#p36702 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 22:59:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7705&p=36702#p36702 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Lake Ellesmere birding :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36557#p36557 13 pacific golden plover
2 sharp-tailed sandpiper
1 godwit
2 red-necked stint.
This is the time of year (late feb to late April ) when all the good stuff turns up sp folks, keep your eyes open....]]>
no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36557#p36557 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:05:34 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36557#p36557
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Ellesmere birding :: Reply by mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36569#p36569 Cheers
Mike Ashbee
Curlew Sandpiper
Red Knot showing rhynchokinesis
Red Knot
Red-necked Stint
Pied StiltXBlack Stilt]]>
no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36569#p36569 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:22:31 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36569#p36569
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Ellesmere birding :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36571#p36571 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36571#p36571 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 08:54:09 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36571#p36571 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Ellesmere birding :: Reply by mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36604#p36604 On Wednesday morning I had a group of 10 Sharp-tailed Sandpipers and they are well on their way into breeding plumage and looking rather sharp i might add.This was a huge highlight for me as i have never seen them in this stage. I am use to seeing the odd juvenile in Canada, and since moving here i haven't seen them with this much colour or black chevrons on the flanks. 3 Curlew Sandpipers, one in full breeding plumage, the one i posted the other day going into breeding plumage, and one in non-breeding plumage. 50 or so Red-necked Stint and 4 PGP all on the way into breeding plumage but seemingly a ways off yet.
This morning i was joined by my friend Ben for another go. The only bird we were able to add onto this tally was a lone Pectoral Sandpiper, a lifer for Ben, and the first time I have managed to get on one this season. I will attach a record shot just incase its some weird hybrid i've never heard of, you know like a bloody Cox's Sandpiper.lol. Speaking of which where did his internal compass drop him this year.
Pectoral Sandpiper
Sharp-tailed Sandpiper breeding plumage
Red-necked Stint
Good Birding
Mike Ashbee]]>
no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36604#p36604 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:21:33 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36604#p36604
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Ellesmere birding :: Reply by mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36630#p36630 Image]]> no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36630#p36630 Sun, 08 Apr 2018 16:59:46 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36630#p36630 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Ellesmere birding :: Reply by mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36711#p36711 Image
Red-necked Stint
Red-necked Stint
Good birding
Mike Ashbee
no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36711#p36711 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 11:05:39 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7679&p=36711#p36711
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Author pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36639#p36639 On the red zone land in the block bordered by New Brighton Road, Hawke Street, Keyes Road, Pratt Street.
Was quite happy feeding in the grass with a few starlings nearby.
Maybe an escapee.

John Stewart]]>
no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36639#p36639 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:04:48 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36639#p36639
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no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36640#p36640 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 12:20:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36640#p36640
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36643#p36643 no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36643#p36643 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 14:36:18 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36643#p36643 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36644#p36644 no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36644#p36644 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 15:47:53 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36644#p36644 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36646#p36646 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36646#p36646 Mon, 09 Apr 2018 16:58:37 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36646#p36646 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36656#p36656 no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36656#p36656 Tue, 10 Apr 2018 17:49:43 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36656#p36656 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36661#p36661 no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36661#p36661 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 11:51:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36661#p36661 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36665#p36665 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36665#p36665 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:01:36 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36665#p36665 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36667#p36667 no_email@example.com (Davidthomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36667#p36667 Wed, 11 Apr 2018 20:46:22 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36667#p36667 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36670#p36670 20180409_7402_Canon EOS 7D Mark II-400 mm-3.jpg


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no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36670#p36670 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 09:27:04 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36670#p36670
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36672#p36672 When a Harrier came through I'm pretty sure it went into the Phoenix plam on the roundabout.
Thanks for the heads up pfe92nz, another oddball for my ChCh list :D]]>
no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36672#p36672 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 12:26:24 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36672#p36672
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36674#p36674


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no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36674#p36674 Thu, 12 Apr 2018 16:04:06 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36674#p36674
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by Paul Scofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36679#p36679 By the way it is worth mentioning that there is nothing to categorically determine this bird came from the North Island. Indeed a look at the shipping schedule for Lyttleton shows ships from Hong Kong, Australia, Suva and the Middle East in the last couple of weeks. Ships entering the port sit off New Brighton sometimes for several days and its only a hop skip and a jump for a hungry bird from a ship to this site. Furthermore ports such as Hong Kong are literally crawling with mynas whereas Auckland is rather quiet. New Zealand coastal shipping operators may also more inclined to note a itinerant bird given NZ concerns over biosecurity. As an aside I suspect another New Zealand House Crow is only a matter of time - the 1945 & 1949 records of unidentified corvids in the outer Hauraki Gulf seem almost certainly to be ship assisted House Crows.
no_email@example.com (Paul Scofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36679#p36679 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:42:38 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36679#p36679
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36680#p36680 ]]> no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36680#p36680 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 15:51:07 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36680#p36680 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36681#p36681
And a lot around the port of Suva too.]]>
no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36681#p36681 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:09:49 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36681#p36681
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36682#p36682
Note lack of black colour at base of yellow beak, instead it is pink.

In adult the yellow beak have black base.

GrahameNZ wrote:Is this a young bird ?

no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36682#p36682 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 16:43:58 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36682#p36682
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by Clinton9]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36684#p36684
Indian myna...how to age..jpg


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no_email@example.com (Clinton9) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36684#p36684 Fri, 13 Apr 2018 17:16:31 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36684#p36684
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36686#p36686 no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36686#p36686 Sat, 14 Apr 2018 08:44:11 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36686#p36686 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36703#p36703 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36703#p36703 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 23:07:42 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36703#p36703 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36704#p36704
John (pfe92nz)]]>
no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36704#p36704 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 09:45:19 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36704#p36704
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by TheBirderman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36708#p36708 no_email@example.com (TheBirderman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36708#p36708 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 19:05:41 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36708#p36708 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by pfe92nz]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36713#p36713 no_email@example.com (pfe92nz) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36713#p36713 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 11:52:32 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36713#p36713 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Myna in New Brighton, Christchurch :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36717#p36717 One of the joys of urban birding.
I'd spent five or so minutes going away from it and then using trees to work back close.
Plan A worked well.
It then took flight and as I turned to watch it fly across the river a large dog bounded up to say hi.
Closely followed by its owner.
He asked me what I was taking pics of and appeared rather bemused when I replied nothing :)
We've all been ther and will again, guess it will always give me a bit of an inner smile.



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no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36717#p36717 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 18:49:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7691&p=36717#p36717
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Author Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36481#p36481 Tim]]> no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36481#p36481 Sun, 25 Mar 2018 17:16:08 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36481#p36481 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by erikforsyth]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36492#p36492
fantastic find Tim! keen to hear your update, I will head there on Saturday and try locate


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no_email@example.com (erikforsyth) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36492#p36492 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 15:53:16 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36492#p36492
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36494#p36494 It was a day I won't forget. Torrential rain all the way from Okere Falls to Little Waihi. Nearly turned back several times. The LSP was feeding in those soft sinky muds in the SW corner (which you know well). To be honest it isn't hard to distinguish from the bandies. I spotted it from 50m. Its clean white breast and pronounced shoulder tabs, stubby bill, longish legs compared to the bandies - does stand out. Has none of the warm tones either. Nice bird. I got within 20m but in the driving monsoon rain my little digicamera gave up and died. I'll be back on Wednesday night. Very keen to get some shots. Marsh sands were there and the hudwit too (and that is looking stunning). About 70 Godwit and 40 knot also present.

On the way out and in a moment of relatively less rain I found this character stuck and alive in the channel. Little I could do to help .. . But the tide was coming in and a big tide too. I went passed the spot on the way back and it had gone ... hopefully out to sea. But. For those of you that know the site, the wade back from the island to the jetty, through chest high water, was a little more interesting than usual. I may have done it in record time ...


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no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36494#p36494 Mon, 26 Mar 2018 18:31:10 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36494#p36494
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36499#p36499 no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36499#p36499 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:50:48 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36499#p36499 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36500#p36500 no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36500#p36500 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 12:53:00 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36500#p36500 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36502#p36502 ]]> no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36502#p36502 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:33:20 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36502#p36502 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36503#p36503 no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36503#p36503 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 16:36:16 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36503#p36503 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36504#p36504 no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36504#p36504 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 18:20:59 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36504#p36504 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Wandoona]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36505#p36505 no_email@example.com (Wandoona) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36505#p36505 Tue, 27 Mar 2018 19:32:12 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36505#p36505 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36506#p36506
Bandies were roosting on Pukehina Spit on Saturday with Wrybill. It could drop in there. It could be in the wet fields at the back of Little Waihi down Wharere Rd. Or over at Maketu - there were 80 bandies in the fields at the corner of Kaituna and Ford Rds with 86 PGPs. All those fields are good and wet.

Or try Te Paika further down the road ... there are bandies in those fields too.

I still think that muddy corner an hour before high tide is the best before they lift and roost. Always been good. Birds concentrate there. But its thick stinky muds and means a kayak or wading.

Just need a working camera.]]>
no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36506#p36506 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 07:15:00 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36506#p36506
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by wghabbott]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36510#p36510 no_email@example.com (wghabbott) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36510#p36510 Wed, 28 Mar 2018 17:47:33 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36510#p36510 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36513#p36513 Excellent.
027 475 8979]]>
no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36513#p36513 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 07:16:11 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36513#p36513
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by wghabbott]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36516#p36516 Thanks Tim]]> no_email@example.com (wghabbott) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36516#p36516 Thu, 29 Mar 2018 09:51:02 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36516#p36516 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36527#p36527 Good luck to those searching over the weekend.]]> no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36527#p36527 Fri, 30 Mar 2018 12:49:03 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36527#p36527 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36530#p36530 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36530#p36530 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 09:19:25 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36530#p36530 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36536#p36536
David Thomas, some visiting Canadian friends and I birded the Little Waihi and Maketu area for most of Saturday. We started at Pukehina Spit around high tide where a good assortment of birds were roosting including 2 Little Tern (1 ad 1 imm) and 1 RN Stint.

We then patrolled the fields and Maketu estuary without turning up to much. After lunch we hit the mudflats of Little Waihi around low tide and refound 1 Little Tern and the stint along with a juv Black-fronted Tern near the holiday park. A Marsh Sandpiper was picked out in the SW corner and after a few hums, haws, and false alarms, we spotted the Lesser Sand Plover near the maimai in th3 middle if the bay. Unfortunately due tithe wind the bird mainly faced away from us which frustrated my digiscoping attempts. We did however make careful nite of the larger size to nearby bandies, very well defined dark grey shoulder tabs, pure white and grey appearance, darker mask, etc.

No sign of the hudwit or second marshie. Will post full ebird list later.

AC--Tim and others do a fairly decent job of adding sightings to ebird but perhaps a more formal count could be a great idea.

Russ C]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36536#p36536 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 18:52:50 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36536#p36536
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36537#p36537 no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36537#p36537 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 19:08:09 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36537#p36537 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36539#p36539 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36539#p36539 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 22:36:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36539#p36539 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36552#p36552
With regard to census data. There are very few birders in the BoP, and even fewer that do local patch work. We struggle to get enough people to do the 'official' census let alone monthly counts. There are few sites that get more regular updates than Maketu and LW in NZ. Birding is passion for me, its not a job, I don't get paid to do it, I do it because I love it. I submit ebird data, UBRs, photos and band data wherever and whenever I can but like I said, I have a job to hold down and time can be pressured.

Little Waihi is one the best little estuaries in NZ, its produced some stunning birds in recent times and I am more than happy to show people around. If either of you are up this way, you are more than welcome to join me for an afternoon. If there are any birders in the BoP who are keen to help collect data or just look and explore some amazing places - get in touch.

Awesome to hear you had a great day Russell, David et al ...]]>
no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36552#p36552 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 15:16:00 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36552#p36552
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36560#p36560 Cheers, Phil]]> no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36560#p36560 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 19:56:29 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36560#p36560 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36563#p36563
Here's the Black-fronted Tern--a Bay of Plenty lifer for me.

The next two should be of the Lesser Sand Plover, though it was a battle to get a shot when this bird wasn't preening or facing directly away into the wind. I worry that what I do have is misleading given the poor resolution and harsh lighting. Still, the first shot shows the short but thick bill, broad white forehead, and grey-white appearance compared to the brown/buff/golden tones of the Bandies.

This second (and even worse resolution) pic shows the contrast in overall colour and breast pattern between the sand plover (right) and Bandie (left). Size/structure is misleading as we all noted the larger size and slightly taller stance in the field (Which is not at all evident in this photo--perhaps due to deep mud and angle?). I had expected to find a taller, more horizontal bird--however after studying the 2 Big Sand Island Greaters, which were barely larger than Bandies, this would seem to be within range of variation for Lessers. Also note the clean white underparts and chest, and grey shoulder tabs.

So take the above how you will. Field notes might be more valuable in cases like this as our scope views were far superior to these photos. Unfortunately a harrier flushed the dotterels and wrybills about 5min after we found it and we could not relocate the bird after the birds re-settled.

Thanks Tim for getting the word out on this awesome place.

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ


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no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36563#p36563 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 20:31:47 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36563#p36563
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36707#p36707 no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36707#p36707 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 18:39:10 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36707#p36707 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36712#p36712 no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36712#p36712 Wed, 18 Apr 2018 20:39:27 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36712#p36712 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36715#p36715 Cheers
no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36715#p36715 Thu, 19 Apr 2018 13:00:19 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36715#p36715
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lesser Sand Plover - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36723#p36723 Where was it?
I will be up there sometime this weekend.
no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36723#p36723 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 18:50:54 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7659&p=36723#p36723
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: 8 Cape Barren Geese in Omata, Taranaki :: Author RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7710&p=36724#p36724
Interesting report of 8 Cape Barren Geese in the New Plymouth area:

I'll be in the area in the next few days so will take a closer look to see if any providence clues are on offer.

Russ C
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7710&p=36724#p36724 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:33:45 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7710&p=36724#p36724
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: 8 Cape Barren Geese in Omata, Taranaki :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7710&p=36725#p36725 no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7710&p=36725#p36725 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:45:45 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7710&p=36725#p36725 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Long-tailed Skua - Bay of Islands :: Author sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36697#p36697
Ross Silcock has alerted me to a photo of a Long-tailed Skua off Cape Brett in the BoI last week (11 April) - the eBird link is https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S44484406

Originally described as a Wedge-tailed Shearwater (??) it is now captioned as a Parasitic Jaeger ( aka Arctic Skua)..

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36697#p36697 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 09:50:22 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36697#p36697
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed Skua - Bay of Islands :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36699#p36699
So why isn't this a Parasitic/Arctic Skua? Appears to be a dark morph adult which is extremely rare in Long-tailed, there appear to be pale shafts visible in the underwing, the bill seems biggish for LT (and possibly bicoloured) and the tail doesn't seem to rule out Arctic in central primary projection.

Russ C]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36699#p36699 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 19:25:51 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36699#p36699
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed Skua - Bay of Islands :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36700#p36700
If the pic was not so underexposed I think it would be a more obvious that it is indeed a Long Tailed (for me anyway).
Only three pale primary shafts visible on the upper wing , no visible marking on the underwing apart from one smallest glint on one primary.I would expect more even on the darkest Skua. Hugely variable I know.
I confident, if it was "lightened up " you would see much better that is actually steel grey coloured above with a dark trailing edge to the upper inner wing which would be diagnostic alone. Bill and head shape fine.]]>
no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36700#p36700 Mon, 16 Apr 2018 20:16:13 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36700#p36700
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed Skua - Bay of Islands :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36705#p36705
Thanks for the message. To my mind this just looks like a Long-tailed, and I know it is hard to get jizz from a single shot, but this one has it for me.

Just ignore the colour for a moment (because I think the exposure is clouding the issue) and there is the silhouette of a Long-tail. Small head and bill, that hunched appearance which is just right, broad based wings with slightly rounded tips (which is how they often look even though no literature will support that!) and a tail that is proportionally way too long for Arctic.

The 2 and a bit white upperwing primary shafts are more or less diagnostic and the single underwing shaft says nothing. I think that lightening the image will probably show that the belly is pale, and the trailing edge of the upperwing is dark. So maybe not a dark morph adult at all?

If the guy has any other, even out of focus, shots they would help.]]>
no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36705#p36705 Tue, 17 Apr 2018 10:02:32 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36705#p36705
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed Skua - Bay of Islands :: Reply by RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36726#p36726
I contacted the observer was able to send me some lightened up additional photos. To my eyes they seem to show a dark/intermediate adult (He did not note any white belly in the field) with over 3 white shafts on the upperside and definite covert contrast in the underparts along with a nape pattern unlike typical LTs. Tail also looks shorter with more side-on angle. Whaddya think?

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no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36726#p36726 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 19:55:19 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7706&p=36726#p36726
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Kookaburra Matakana road :: Reply by TheBirderman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4695&p=36722#p36722 no_email@example.com (TheBirderman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4695&p=36722#p36722 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 15:26:25 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4695&p=36722#p36722 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Kookaburra Matakana road :: Reply by chris]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4695&p=36727#p36727 Are the northland kookies blue wings.it looks like it in your photos. If so and im probably mistaken. Blue wings dont have the famous bush cry of the old tarzan movies. Which mystifies me because im sure i have read posts of annoyed locals complaining about the noise. I lived in a part of australia for many years which had both species and unlike the browns the bluewings were mainly solitary and quiet and call less.]]> no_email@example.com (chris) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4695&p=36727#p36727 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 20:06:00 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=4695&p=36727#p36727 <![CDATA[Young Birders :: No posts here for a long time? :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=7668&p=36534#p36534 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=7668&p=36534#p36534 Sat, 31 Mar 2018 14:00:51 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=17&t=7668&p=36534#p36534 <![CDATA[South Pacific Birds :: Phylogeography of Indo-Pacific Cicadabirds :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7704&p=36691#p36691
Aim: We derive a new phylogenetic framework of the Indo-Pacific avian genus Edolisoma based on a dense taxon sampling and use it in an explicit spatiotemporal framework to understand the history of intraspecific diversification dynamics in a ‘great speciator’, the Cicadabird Edolisoma tenuirostre/remotum complex.

Methods: We used Bayesian phylogenetic methods (BEAST) to construct a time-calibrated molecular phylogeny of all 19 species in the genus
Edolisoma and 27 of 29 subspecies of the E. tenuirostre/remotum complex (previously Coracina tenuirostris) primarily based on one mitochondrial DNA marker. Ancestral area reconstruction methods (‘BioGeoBEARS’) were used to infer the historical biogeography of the genus. We used population-level analyses to assess intraspecific phylogeography and a molecular species delimitation test to evaluate the current taxonomy. A morphometric dataset was used to discuss differential dispersal ability among taxa.

Results: Edolisoma originated in the late Miocene and diversification within the E. tenuirostre/remotum complex began in the Pleistocene. Within the North Melanesian and North Wallacean archipelagos, which have experienced several waves of diversification, we find significant patterns of genetic isolation by distance, but not within the Australo-Papuan ‘mainland’, which was recently back-colonised from these archipelagos. Based on the phylogeny, we suggest several taxonomic changes. We also discuss evidence of taxon cycles within Edolisoma based on correlations of species age, elevational ranges and dispersal ability.

Main conclusions: The biogeographical history and patterns of differentiation between phylogroups within E. tenuirostre support the importance of barriers to gene flow in island systems. Examples of both recent genetic exchange across significant sea barriers and differentiation across much smaller water gaps suggest complex dispersal and diversification dynamics. The capacity for dispersal away from islands, and gradual shifts in dispersal ability in relation to the geographical setting, is supported as important factors in generating a ‘great speciator'.

Link to the full study + maps: http://macroecointern.dk/pdf-reprints/P ... B_2018.pdf]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7704&p=36691#p36691 Sun, 15 Apr 2018 10:10:21 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7704&p=36691#p36691
<![CDATA[South Pacific Birds :: eBird taxonomy update 2017 - South Pacific :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7708&p=36719#p36719 https://ebird.org/news/taxonomy-update-for-2017/]]> no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7708&p=36719#p36719 Fri, 20 Apr 2018 12:09:54 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=7708&p=36719#p36719 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Whale Shark sightings, Bay of Islands :: Reply by Hypno]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7624&p=36544#p36544 no_email@example.com (Hypno) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7624&p=36544#p36544 Sun, 01 Apr 2018 21:48:03 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7624&p=36544#p36544 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Papamoa/Tauranga - Blue Moon/Painted Lady butterfly invasion :: Reply by Olwen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3535&p=36564#p36564 no_email@example.com (Olwen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3535&p=36564#p36564 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 21:41:40 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3535&p=36564#p36564 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Papamoa/Tauranga - Blue Moon/Painted Lady butterfly invasion :: Reply by David Riddell]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3535&p=36567#p36567 https://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/102 ... golden-bay]]> no_email@example.com (David Riddell) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3535&p=36567#p36567 Tue, 03 Apr 2018 07:52:45 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=3535&p=36567#p36567 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Whale Shark sighting, Bay of Plenty :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7684&p=36584#p36584 http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/artic ... ref=NZH_fb]]> no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7684&p=36584#p36584 Wed, 04 Apr 2018 10:45:11 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7684&p=36584#p36584 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Subantarctic fur seals on Rangatira Island, Chatham Islands :: Author Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7686&p=36606#p36606 Arctocephalus tropicalis were seen on Rangatira (South East) Island in the Chatham Islands last month, one at West Landing on 20 March and one at East Clears on 24 March (images below).

This species breeds in the southern Indian and Atlantic Oceans (on Ile Amsterdam, St Paul, Prince Edward, Crozet, Gough and Tristan da Cunha Islands), with a few at Macquarie Island (where they hybridise with Antarctic fur seals A. gazella and New Zealand fur seals A. forsteri). The largest populations are on Gough Island (63%), Prince Edward Islands (including Marion Island) (25%) and Ile Amsterdam (11%), with less than 1% of the population shared at other sites. It has been recorded vagrant in New Zealand since at least 1977 (Snares Islands) and 1978 (Antipodes Island), with more recent records from the two main islands.

The first record that I am aware of from Rangatira was March 1996, and the hut log books record sightings (mainly of bulls) in Feb 2003, Apr 2003, Dec 2003, Feb 2008 (at least 2), Sep 2010 (female & pup), Nov 2012, Oct 2013, Sep 2016, Apr 2017 (male + female) and Oct 2017 (2 or 3).



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no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7686&p=36606#p36606 Fri, 06 Apr 2018 18:56:18 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7686&p=36606#p36606
<![CDATA[Events :: The Great Hihi Sperm Race (seriously) :: Author Peter Frost]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7675&p=36551#p36551 GHSR_postcard.jpg
Here is one for those of you who like a flutter (an appropriate term for birders).

Helen Taylor at the University of Otago has been studying hihi sperm to determine if there are any issues with infertility in male hihi as a result of the species’ overall small population size (~3500 individuals) and potential inbreeding among birds at the few sites sites where the species has been re-established. Two of the potential indicators are a higher-than-normal incidence of deformed sperm and slow-swimming sperm.

Over the 2017/18 breeding season, Helen collected sperm from 128 male hihi across four sites (Hauturu/Little Barrier Island, the original source population; Tiritiri Matangi, the first of the re-established populations and the source of birds for most subsequent translocations; Zealandia; and Bushy Park). Among other things, she measured the swimming speed of each male’s sperm. During this process, she and her colleagues came up with the idea of betting on which individual has the fastest sperm. They decided to set up a website where people can bet on the answer as a way of raising funds for hihi conservation. (All provisions for this initiative have been cleared with the relevant regulatory authorities.)

The mechanism is simple: go to http://www.hihispermrace.nz and pay $10 to bet on whichever bird you think will have the fastest sperm. You can bet on as many birds as you like, as often as you like. All the money goes to hihi conservation (see http://www.hihiconservation.com/, the website of the Hihi Recovery Group). Whoever selects the bird that Helen’s analyses show has the fastest sperm will win one of a number of donated prizes:
    • Family passes on 360 Discovery Ferries to Tiritiri Matangi Island, Auckland
    • Family passes to ZEALANDIA ecosanctuary, Wellington
    • Family tour packages for Sanctuary Mountain Maungatautari, Pukeatua
    • Cases of Hihi Wines
    • Hihi t-shirts from Tumbleweed Tees
    • Honey from Rotokare Scenic Reserve's own hives
    • Sets of native bird art cards from Bushy Park Sanctuary, Whanganui
Betting closes at midnight on Sunday 22nd April NZ time.

Hihi are extremely reliant on conservation actions: supplementary feeding, nest boxes and other forms of intensive management at most sites, as well as regular monitoring. This makes them an expensive species to conserve. The Hihi Recovery Group would like to involve as many people as possible---placing bets and spreading the word---so any publicity that you can give to this initiative would be greatly appreciated, including on Facebook and other social media. Many thanks and good luck.

Peter Frost


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no_email@example.com (Peter Frost) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7675&p=36551#p36551 Mon, 02 Apr 2018 14:07:20 +1200 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=7675&p=36551#p36551