<![CDATA[BirdingNZ.net]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum Fri, 23 Mar 2018 23:43:51 +1300 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, 23 Mar 2018 23:43:51 +1300 60 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Danseys Pass & rock wrens? :: Reply by Richard Schofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7564&p=36277#p36277 no_email@example.com (Richard Schofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7564&p=36277#p36277 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 08:52:27 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7564&p=36277#p36277 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Black kite, Waihopai Valley :: Author GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36301#p36301 Time I payed the Black Kite a visit.
Will be walking out from Blenheim so just trying to work out where on the map I'm going to sit.
I know it's the gums on the right on Waihopi Valley Rd.
Is that what I have marked on this image ?
A tad of help appreciated :)



Black-Kite.jpg (135.73 KiB)

no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36301#p36301 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 22:18:56 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36301#p36301
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Black kite, Waihopai Valley :: Reply by David Riddell]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36302#p36302 no_email@example.com (David Riddell) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36302#p36302 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 08:48:39 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36302#p36302 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Black kite, Waihopai Valley :: Reply by GKincaid]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36303#p36303 no_email@example.com (GKincaid) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36303#p36303 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:27:54 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36303#p36303 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Black kite, Waihopai Valley :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36304#p36304 GKincaid, would you believe that was what I ment to circle.
Getting lost on a map is not a good start.
Will have a wander round there next week.]]>
no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36304#p36304 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 10:42:05 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7591&p=36304#p36304
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Auckland Islands wildlife :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36281#p36281 no_email@example.com (Paul Gibson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36281#p36281 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:34:19 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36281#p36281 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Auckland Islands wildlife :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36306#p36306
The third of our Auckland Islands blogs is now live:

3. A sniper in the subantarctic http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2018/02/26/a-sniper-in-the-subantarctic/

I hope it is of interest.

Kind regards
no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36306#p36306 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 13:51:49 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36306#p36306
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Auckland Islands wildlife :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36322#p36322
The fourth of the Te Papa Auckland Islands blogs is now live:

4. Furtive fauna of the Auckland Islands http://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2018/03/02/the-furtive-fauna-of-the-auckland-islands/

I hope it is of interest.

This may be the last fauna blog in the series, but watch out for a forget-me-not blog next week if of interest (I am offline for the next 4-5 weeks, and so will not be able to promote it)

Kind regards
no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36322#p36322 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 10:32:41 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7548&p=36322#p36322
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Red-billed Gull feeding technique :: Author GrahamB]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36332#p36332
Has anyone else seen this behaviour?
no_email@example.com (GrahamB) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36332#p36332 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:32:19 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7603&p=36332#p36332
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Auckland sea watch, id help please :: Reply by cthrnjayne]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7576&p=36346#p36346 no_email@example.com (cthrnjayne) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7576&p=36346#p36346 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:22:11 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7576&p=36346#p36346 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: New Birder in Christchurch :: Author Don MacDonald]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7611&p=36362#p36362 Just starting in this hobby and have a lot to learn, looking forward to being able to recognise some of the less common birds around ( and a lot of the common ones as well)]]> no_email@example.com (Don MacDonald) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7611&p=36362#p36362 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 13:53:49 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7611&p=36362#p36362 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Birds sleep in animals' armpits :: Author Nick Allen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7612&p=36368#p36368 https://focusingonwildlife.com/news/birds-sleep-in-giraffe-armpits-new-photos-reveal/]]> no_email@example.com (Nick Allen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7612&p=36368#p36368 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:34:06 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7612&p=36368#p36368 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Bird Photographer of the Year 2018 :: Author GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7616&p=36375#p36375 https://www.theguardian.com/artanddesig ... n-pictures]]> no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7616&p=36375#p36375 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 08:25:47 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7616&p=36375#p36375 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Great Farewell to the Godwits at Manawatu :: Author philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36387#p36387
I suspect that this could be the first time a farewell event has been run in the later afternoon, and may therefore be the first to actually farewell some godwits. Could this be true? Has anyone attended (or run) a farewell to the godwits when a flock has actually taken off on their 10,000-km flight?

Cheers, Phil


Godwits migrating, Manawatu Estuary 11/03/18
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Godwits migrating, Manawatu Estuary 11/03/18

no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36387#p36387 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 10:25:38 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36387#p36387
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Great Farewell to the Godwits at Manawatu :: Reply by terryow]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36390#p36390 no_email@example.com (terryow) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36390#p36390 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 13:02:39 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36390#p36390 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Great Farewell to the Godwits at Manawatu :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36392#p36392
i don't know why you'd fly so far to reach NZ, then fly 3000km further south to get down here.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36392#p36392 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 20:52:05 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36392#p36392
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Great Farewell to the Godwits at Manawatu :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36394#p36394
Andrew Crossland reports that their Christchurch farewell are typically late afternoon endeavours and they have seen departures over the years, so answering my question.

Cheers, Phil]]>
no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36394#p36394 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:13:05 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7621&p=36394#p36394
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Stewart Island Birding :: Author zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7626&p=36398#p36398

I thought it better than the Albatross Encounter I did a few years ago, just by virtue of the wilderness experience and chance to see more of Stewart Island.

Can't speak highly enough of the skipper, he did a great job in sometimes challenging conditions.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7626&p=36398#p36398 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:12:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7626&p=36398#p36398
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Author Anna Santure]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36396#p36396
My name is Anna Santure and I am a researcher at the University of Auckland. My group and I are very interested in, firstly, why common mynas ('Indian' mynas) have been such successful invaders globally, and also in understanding the establishment history of these invasive birds in New Zealand (mynas seem to have been introduced from Australia from around the 1870s onwards, but we aren't sure how many different Australian cities they were moved from). We are currently trying to obtain myna samples from across New Zealand so that we can use their genetic data to determine which populations are closely related and how mynas might be moving across the landscape.

I was wondering whether anyone in the BirdingNZ community is currently trapping myna birds, or would have some ideas of who might be in your neighbourhood? It would be just wonderful if you’d be happy to reply via this forum or directly via email (a.santure@auckland.ac.nz), we’d just love to have around 20 birds from as many locations as we can.

I've had some very generous offers from people to shoot mynas for me :) but it would be most straightforward from an animal ethics point of view if I could take mynas that were already being trapped as part of a control program, so that the use of the mynas for research was secondary. But please do get in touch if you'd be happy to help but are not currently trapping and we can discuss!

I'd also very much appreciate any of your thoughts on current myna movements - I am a little patchy on the exact edges of the distribution and it would be wonderful to have your thoughts, especially if you've seen mynas recently in locations you've not seen them before (the BirdingNZ forum discussions are a treasure trove here too, thank you to all past contributors!).

Nga mihi nui - with many thanks!
no_email@example.com (Anna Santure) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36396#p36396 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 18:13:58 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36396#p36396
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: your help please! myna samples / info for research project :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36397#p36397
Similarly, Plovers and Pukekos do well here as a consequence of increasing grasslands and pastures.

I'd say that's it really.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36397#p36397 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:06:18 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36397#p36397
<![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=36399#p36399 Our group aims to focus on a "smaller problem" if you will, and use genetics to describe the population structure and whether mynas have been introduced from one or multiple sources, as overall genetic diversity can help predict whether mynas can evolve or whether they need to rely on their inherent 'adaptability'. So we'd love to hear from anyone that can help us (i) get some samples suitable for getting DNA from or (ii) tell us a little more about exactly where they are (or aren't!) in the North Island.
Thanks for your interest!]]>
no_email@example.com (Anna Santure) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36399#p36399 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 19:13:28 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7625&p=36399#p36399
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips : 25th February and 25th March 2018 :: Reply by ourspot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36343#p36343
Cheers Scott
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no_email@example.com (ourspot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36343#p36343 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 08:51:27 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36343#p36343
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips : 25th February and 25th March 2018 :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36344#p36344
What did you see on Feb 25? I know Oscar has photos of a presumed Pycroft's Petrel.

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36344#p36344 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:23:53 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36344#p36344
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trips : 25th February and 25th March 2018 :: Reply by ourspot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36345#p36345
Will be posting a full list later today from the trip, but the highlights were 58 Gray Noddy swirling around the roosting rock and the boat, a Pycroft's Petrel, and 22 NZ Storm-Petrels, along with some White-Faced Storm Petrels.

Cheers Scott]]>
no_email@example.com (ourspot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36345#p36345 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 09:50:20 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36345#p36345
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Upcoming Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip : 25th March 2018 :: Reply by ourspot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36405#p36405
Cheers Scott
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no_email@example.com (ourspot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36405#p36405 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:49:01 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7352&p=36405#p36405
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: What's this? :: Author zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36372#p36372
It was only later I realized that I hadn't seen any adults and the nests were built of straw.

Something was alive in there whatever it was.


lower sth island 9.3.18 001.jpg (287.26 KiB)

no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36372#p36372 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:56:38 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36372#p36372
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: What's this? :: Reply by lloydesler]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36374#p36374 no_email@example.com (lloydesler) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36374#p36374 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 06:34:01 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36374#p36374 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: What's this? :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36378#p36378
It was too small to be anything bigger.

Very strange.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36378#p36378 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 20:58:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36378#p36378
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: What's this? :: Reply by Ian Southey]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36379#p36379
no_email@example.com (Ian Southey) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36379#p36379 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 21:24:00 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36379#p36379
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: What's this? :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36393#p36393
They were under the cliff overhangs on the beach at the end of the Truman Track, just north of the blowholes.

No sparrows around, and the only thing similar I can find on the net are Swallow nests mixed with straw in some overseas locales.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36393#p36393 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 21:00:25 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36393#p36393
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: What's this? :: Reply by Neil Fitzgerald]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36407#p36407 no_email@example.com (Neil Fitzgerald) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36407#p36407 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 11:39:56 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7614&p=36407#p36407 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Questions Birding near Queenstown and Milford Sound in March :: Author USbirders]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36373#p36373 We will be in Queenstown later this month and would like to do some birding in the area. We contacted our hotel and the concierge said that there is "no opportunity for birding in Queenstown" and that we would have to travel to either Milford Sound or Dunadin.

Our questions are:

1) Is there opportunity for birding in the Queenstown area, and if so who would be a good contact for that? We will not have a car but we are willing to hire a guide that could pick us up at the hotel (or we could take a taxi if the distance isn't far). Every city has its hot spots!

2) Can anyone recommend any tours of Milford Sound that would include transportation from Queenstown and perhaps a boat ride? We have some information about tours but none of them are specifically involving birding.

Thank you!
no_email@example.com (USbirders) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36373#p36373 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 03:27:08 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36373#p36373
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Questions Birding near Queenstown and Milford Sound in March :: Reply by lloydesler]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36391#p36391 Cheers
Lloyd Esler esler@southnet.co.nz]]>
no_email@example.com (lloydesler) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36391#p36391 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 18:47:21 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36391#p36391
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Questions Birding near Queenstown and Milford Sound in March :: Reply by USbirders]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36410#p36410 David]]> no_email@example.com (USbirders) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36410#p36410 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:25:34 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36410#p36410 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Questions Birding near Queenstown and Milford Sound in March :: Reply by Ian Southey]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36418#p36418
no_email@example.com (Ian Southey) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36418#p36418 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:59:37 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7615&p=36418#p36418
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: New exotic mosquito species found near Kaipara harbour :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7632&p=36420#p36420 The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) says it was alerted to the suspected detection of the Culex sitiens larvae last Friday.
Further testing for identification was completed this week.
MPI says further samples are being taken in the area near the initial find to establish if there is a breeding population and, if so, how far it has spread.
If there is a breeding population, the ministry will likely undertake a programme to eradicate the mosquito from New Zealand.
It says it has successfully eradicated exotic mosquito populations in the past.
Culex sitiens is widespread in South-east Asia, the South Pacific and Australia.
It is known to transmit diseases such as Ross River virus and Kunjin virus, but this is not currently a risk for New Zealand.
MPI officials are investigating how the mosquito may have entered the country.

Link: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zeala ... rbour.html]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7632&p=36420#p36420 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 08:37:59 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7632&p=36420#p36420
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Could anyone tell me about Browns Island birdlife? :: Author Jemma]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7635&p=36429#p36429 ]]> no_email@example.com (Jemma) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7635&p=36429#p36429 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 03:25:26 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7635&p=36429#p36429 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Kiwi mutual preening :: Author Weka1]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7639&p=36439#p36439
Occasionally the birds preen each other.
I assume that this is part of pair bonding, but I think there is a practical element as well.
Most of the preening by the other bird is around the upper body, especially the head. When you have a long bill, these areas pose some difficulty to reach. Scratching with a foot is an option, but a delicate pick over your facial area by a mate seems to be appreciated.

I have not heard of this behaviour being reported before.
I suspect it is quite common.

no_email@example.com (Weka1) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7639&p=36439#p36439 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 16:42:55 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7639&p=36439#p36439
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Weka on Waiheke Island :: Reply by bennydog]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36452#p36452 I have been down that path.... Do it yourself or get competent people to....Neil Foster]]> no_email@example.com (bennydog) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36452#p36452 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 07:26:35 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36452#p36452 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Weka on Waiheke Island :: Reply by Steps]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36455#p36455 Also interestingly there seem to be a lot of dead hedgehogs about, any correlation do you think?

Very much so. Weka have been recorded as being very effective in killing off rats, going back to early settler days.
I think something that maybe is rather overlooked in modern conservation methods.]]>
no_email@example.com (Steps) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36455#p36455 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 13:48:44 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=6297&p=36455#p36455
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Mystery bird call near Glenorchy :: Author Troutnut]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36458#p36458
They made a variety of little chirps, but the main distinctive call sounds like a descending note from a slide whistle, or a cartoon bomb drop sound effect, sometimes followed by a similar but shorter ascending call. I just cut together a few pieces of audio recording into a 40-second clip shared here:


Does anyone recognize it?]]>
no_email@example.com (Troutnut) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36458#p36458 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 08:55:36 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36458#p36458
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Mystery bird call near Glenorchy :: Reply by Ranger of the North]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36459#p36459 sure I've heard that before, but the name. isn't. coming. to. mind.]]> no_email@example.com (Ranger of the North) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36459#p36459 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 18:33:05 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36459#p36459 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Mystery bird call near Glenorchy :: Reply by tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36460#p36460 no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36460#p36460 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 19:04:26 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7647&p=36460#p36460 <![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 :: Beach wrecks Tahuna Torea - id request :: Author Jim Kirker]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36444#p36444


Bird 1, Tahuna Torea 18/03/18
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Bird 1, Tahuna Torea 18/03/18

Bird 2, Tahuna Torea 18/03/18
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Bird 2, Tahuna Torea 18/03/18

no_email@example.com (Jim Kirker) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36444#p36444 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:16:24 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36444#p36444
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Beach wrecks Tahuna Torea - id request :: Reply by Jim Kirker]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36445#p36445


Bird 2 Tahuna Torea 18/03/18
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Bird 2 Tahuna Torea 18/03/18

no_email@example.com (Jim Kirker) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36445#p36445 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 21:18:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36445#p36445
<![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Beach wrecks Tahuna Torea - id request :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36447#p36447 Phil]]> no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36447#p36447 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:14:28 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36447#p36447 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Beach wrecks Tahuna Torea - id request :: Reply by Jim Kirker]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36448#p36448 Jim]]> no_email@example.com (Jim Kirker) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36448#p36448 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:36:10 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36448#p36448 <![CDATA[General Birding Discussion :: Re: Beach wrecks Tahuna Torea - id request :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36449#p36449 ]]> no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36449#p36449 Mon, 19 Mar 2018 09:44:16 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=3&t=7644&p=36449#p36449 <![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[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Wilson's Storm Petrel in Queen Charlotte Sound :: Author Neil Robertson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7586&p=36285#p36285 no_email@example.com (Neil Robertson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7586&p=36285#p36285 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 07:34:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7586&p=36285#p36285 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Fiordland Crested Penguin Akaroa :: Reply by ledzep]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36286#p36286


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no_email@example.com (ledzep) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36286#p36286 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:14:23 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36286#p36286
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Fiordland Crested Penguin Akaroa :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36287#p36287
This is an immature erect-crested penguin. Even in this unusual open-mouthed posture, diagnostic features include the large chin extending almost to the bill tip, the rather slender bill (the bill plates are more swollen in Snares crested and Fiordland crested), the superciliary stripes starting near the gape and rising at an angle over the eye (they start near the nostril and are more horizontal in the two other species), and the dome-shaped crown (the other two species are 'flat-headed'). Note also that the crest on the far side of the head is visible, fitting erect-crested, both because the crests are erect (not drooping), and the stripes/crests are parallel so they end up close to the hind crown. Both Snares crested and Fiordland crested have diverging superciliary stripes (forming a V if viewed from above) and drooping crests, so the left-hand crest would not be visible at this angle.

The bold under-flipper pattern is also diagnostic for erect-crested penguin - no other crested penguin species shows so much black on the under-flipper.

no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36287#p36287 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 13:49:51 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36287#p36287
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Fiordland Crested Penguin Akaroa :: Reply by ledzep]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36288#p36288 no_email@example.com (ledzep) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36288#p36288 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:27:58 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36288#p36288 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Erect-crested penguin - Akaroa :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36290#p36290
Yes - reportable:

"Penguins (all taxa as per Checklist except Little): except their respective breeding grounds
Little penguin: Kermadec Islands and subantarctic islands"

no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36290#p36290 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 16:00:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7572&p=36290#p36290
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Rifleman on waiheke :: Author harryhatman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36292#p36292
I have pointed out that grey warbler and silvereye are most likely options.

Any thoughts?


no_email@example.com (harryhatman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36292#p36292 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:30:29 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36292#p36292
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Rifleman on waiheke :: Reply by harryhatman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36293#p36293 no_email@example.com (harryhatman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36293#p36293 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 20:31:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36293#p36293 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Rifleman on waiheke :: Reply by simon.fordham]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36294#p36294
The simple answer is 'very unlikely'. Whilst one can never say never, riflemen only exist on two Islands in the gulf, a natural population on Hauturu / Little Barrier Island and a translocated one on Tiritiri Matangi. Apart from these two, and an isolated population in the far north, the northernmost population is the in Kaimai Ranges.

Whilst they may be strong flyers over short distances, riflemen are reluctant to cross open ground and are not known to fly across water (except in a helicopter).

Riflemen are also a commonly misidentified bird. I have followed up on two other 'sightings' in the Gulf, one by a newspaper reporter (not a birder) who 'saw a small bird' on Rotoroa Island, looked in a field guide and decided it was a rifleman. The other was by a professional ecologist who reported seeing a rifleman in Shakespear Regional Park. By the time I spoke to her, she had already realized that it was more likely a silvereye.

A media-reported sighting of a rifleman family on the Kapiti Coast in 2016 contained enough information to indicate that this was also likely misidentification.

It would be interesting to hear what details your friend noted. Riflemen do have some distinct behaviours that can help separate them from other similar-sized candidates.

no_email@example.com (simon.fordham) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36294#p36294 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 08:38:20 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36294#p36294
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Rifleman on waiheke :: Reply by harryhatman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36295#p36295 no_email@example.com (harryhatman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36295#p36295 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 12:52:17 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7587&p=36295#p36295 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Reef Heron Owhiro Bay :: Author ledzep]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7588&p=36296#p36296


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no_email@example.com (ledzep) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7588&p=36296#p36296 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 13:57:13 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7588&p=36296#p36296
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Possible dark-headed gull--Onehunga :: Author RussCannings]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7590&p=36300#p36300
Around 4pm today (Sunday), my wife Lisa saw what she believed to be a midsized gull with a black head loafing with Red-billed Gulls on the Gloucester Park soccer pitch in Onehunga. We were traveling southbound on SH20 (I was driving and didn't see the bird) and didn't have a chance to turn around for a while and neither of us were keen to battle more Auckland traffic after a long drive from Wellsford. So the bird is unconfirmed due to the 'from a car' situation, but Lisa was pretty sure it had a black head (like a Franklins/Laughing type), so I wanted to get the word out in case someone can check in the next little while.

Russ C
Cambridge, NZ]]>
no_email@example.com (RussCannings) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7590&p=36300#p36300 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 17:40:24 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7590&p=36300#p36300
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: gull-billed terns :: Author Russ Dear]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7592&p=36305#p36305 no_email@example.com (Russ Dear) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7592&p=36305#p36305 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 12:46:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7592&p=36305#p36305 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Little black shags at Washdyke Lagoon :: Author Paul Sagar]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7596&p=36314#p36314
A likely shag nesting area is at the ponds associated with the Smithfield Freezing Works, and so I'll check these soon.

A full list of birds recorded today has been submitted to eBird.]]>
no_email@example.com (Paul Sagar) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7596&p=36314#p36314 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:26:19 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7596&p=36314#p36314
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Wandering Albatross :: Author Grahame]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7593&p=36307#p36307



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no_email@example.com (Grahame) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7593&p=36307#p36307 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 18:48:27 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7593&p=36307#p36307
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wandering Albatross :: Reply by boneywhitefoot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7593&p=36315#p36315 no_email@example.com (boneywhitefoot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7593&p=36315#p36315 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 20:50:34 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7593&p=36315#p36315 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: New breeding species for New Zealand - Leach's Storm Petrel :: Reply by Neil Fitzgerald]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7577&p=36316#p36316 N]]> no_email@example.com (Neil Fitzgerald) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7577&p=36316#p36316 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 20:33:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7577&p=36316#p36316 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Long-tailed cuckoo Matiu Somes Island :: Author Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36297#p36297 no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36297#p36297 Sat, 24 Feb 2018 21:35:44 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36297#p36297 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed cuckoo Matiu Somes Island :: Reply by George Hobson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36298#p36298 Out of curiosity, where abouts on the island were they?]]> no_email@example.com (George Hobson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36298#p36298 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 09:55:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36298#p36298 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Long-tailed cuckoo Matiu Somes Island :: Reply by Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36317#p36317 no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36317#p36317 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:08:25 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7589&p=36317#p36317 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Glossy Ibis Lake Wairarapa :: Author Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7597&p=36318#p36318 Seen during the Lake wader survey we conducted today.]]> no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7597&p=36318#p36318 Wed, 28 Feb 2018 21:13:28 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7597&p=36318#p36318 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little Curlew at Miranda :: Reply by Ross Silcock]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=36289#p36289
Ross Silcock]]>
no_email@example.com (Ross Silcock) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=36289#p36289 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 15:33:03 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=36289#p36289
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Little Curlew at Miranda :: Reply by Davidthomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=36319#p36319 no_email@example.com (Davidthomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=36319#p36319 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 11:44:39 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7464&p=36319#p36319 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Gull billed Tern - Motueka Sandspit. :: Author Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7600&p=36327#p36327 macrotarsa

Gull billed Tern (ssp macrotarsa) March 2018 .Mot sandspit.jpg


Gull billed Tern (ssp macrotarsa) March 2018 .Mot sandspit.jpg (947.81 KiB)

no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7600&p=36327#p36327 Sat, 03 Mar 2018 20:51:36 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7600&p=36327#p36327
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Jan 12--Hoary-headed Grebe at Elterwater :: Reply by Alan Tennyson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=36299#p36299 no_email@example.com (Alan Tennyson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=36299#p36299 Sun, 25 Feb 2018 15:09:39 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=36299#p36299 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Jan 12--Hoary-headed Grebe at Elterwater :: Reply by GKincaid]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=36335#p36335
Glenn Kincaid
Rarangi, Marlborough]]>
no_email@example.com (GKincaid) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=36335#p36335 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 14:56:37 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7477&p=36335#p36335
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Beach-cast juv White-tailed Tropicbird, Matapouri beach :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36328#p36328
Link to photo: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5B096703]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36328#p36328 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 21:18:50 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36328#p36328
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Beach-wrecked juv tropicbird, Matapouri beach :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36330#p36330
no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36330#p36330 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 08:36:03 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36330#p36330
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Beach-wrecked juv tropicbird, Matapouri beach :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36331#p36331
no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36331#p36331 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:29:48 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36331#p36331
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Beach-wrecked juv White-tailed Tropicbird, Matapouri beach :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36338#p36338
A second photo has now been posted: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5B3DD514]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36338#p36338 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 21:18:21 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36338#p36338
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Beach-cast juv White-tailed Tropicbird, Matapouri beach :: Reply by ourspot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36340#p36340 no_email@example.com (ourspot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36340#p36340 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 21:27:19 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7601&p=36340#p36340 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36278#p36278 Cheers, Phil


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no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36278#p36278 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:34:54 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36278#p36278
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36279#p36279


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no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36279#p36279 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 09:35:57 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36279#p36279
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36280#p36280 no_email@example.com (Paul Gibson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36280#p36280 Thu, 22 Feb 2018 14:30:21 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36280#p36280 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by imogen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36291#p36291 _F5A8342.jpgWould this knot be one of the birds fitted with a tracker?


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no_email@example.com (imogen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36291#p36291 Fri, 23 Feb 2018 19:04:02 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36291#p36291
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36313#p36313
Cheers, Phil]]>
no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36313#p36313 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 14:17:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36313#p36313
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by imogen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36337#p36337 no_email@example.com (imogen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36337#p36337 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 16:59:12 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36337#p36337 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Manawatu Estuary terns :: Reply by phil hammond]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36341#p36341
1--leg length--this is probably the most obvious and reliable. Arctics always have very short legs---much shorter than a common

2--bill length and shape--not perhaps 100% reliable as bill lengths within a species can have exceptions to the norm, but almost always an arctics bill is shorter than a commons and more "dagger shaped"----that last phrase perhaps not very scientific but if you look at a lot of pictures I hope you will see what I am getting at

The problem with arctics is that very often when they are reported no-one else sees them because they have moved on---they are after all on migration when passing NZ

Phil Hammond
Wrybill Birding Tours NZ
Great Birds, Real Birders]]>
no_email@example.com (phil hammond) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36341#p36341 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 23:37:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7580&p=36341#p36341
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Carolina wood ducks, Hamilton :: Reply by Cowteam]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=701&p=36350#p36350 cowteam@xtra.co.nz
Many thanks Marty.
rukuhia wrote:My neighbor over the back breeds them for sale along with Mandarin ducks. He releases the odd few but most are killed by hawks or botulism he said, consequently his clients are generally back for more after a few months. The prices ranges from $100 - $ 200 each!
no_email@example.com (Cowteam) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=701&p=36350#p36350 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:28:45 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=701&p=36350#p36350
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird Trip Results - 25th February 2018 :: Author ourspot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7606&p=36353#p36353
Highlights of the trip were:
– 58 Gray Noddy!
– A Pycroft's Petrel
– Approx 22 NZ Storm-Petrels, along with some White-Faced Storm Petrels.

Cheers Scott


So here’s the full trip results:

58 –  Gray Noddy
3 –  White-capped Albatross
1 –  Gray-faced Petrel
30 –  Cook's Petrel
1 –  Pycroft's Petrel (seen by a few onboard)
1 –  Fairy Prion
20 –  Black Petrel
17 –  Flesh-footed Shearwater
1,250 –  Buller's Shearwater
1 –  Sooty Shearwater
160 –  Fluttering Shearwater
1 –  Common Diving-Petrel
9 –  White-faced Storm-Petrel
22 –  New Zealand Storm-Petrel
750 –  Australasian Gannet
43 –  Pied Cormorant
22 –  Red-billed Gull
4 –  Kelp Gull
1 –  White-fronted Tern
4 –  Little Penguin

Poor Knights Islands sightings (on or flying above)
4 –  Red-crowned Parakeet
1 –  White-faced Heron
4 –  Swamp Harrier
1 –  New Zealand Pigeon
1 –  Tui
3 –  Welcome Swallow
3 –  European Starling
2 –  House Sparrow]]>
no_email@example.com (ourspot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7606&p=36353#p36353 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 21:34:57 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7606&p=36353#p36353
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Spotless crake & Banded Rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland :: Author Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36358#p36358 https://ebird.org/australia/view/checklist/S43444916





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no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36358#p36358 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:48:29 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36358#p36358
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Spotless crake & Banded Rail - Tuff Crater, Auckland :: Reply by zarkov]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36359#p36359
Lovely pics btw.]]>
no_email@example.com (zarkov) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36359#p36359 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:19:57 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36359#p36359
<![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=36360#p36360 no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36360#p36360 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 21:23:13 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7609&p=36360#p36360 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Tern ID please :: Author imogen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36334#p36334


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no_email@example.com (imogen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36334#p36334 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 13:58:44 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36334#p36334
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tern ID please :: Reply by tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36336#p36336 Very rare to get a common in this stage of plumage in NZ]]> no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36336#p36336 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 16:02:02 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36336#p36336 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tern ID please :: Reply by Paul Gibson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36351#p36351 no_email@example.com (Paul Gibson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36351#p36351 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 15:56:13 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36351#p36351 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tern ID please :: Reply by imogen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36352#p36352


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no_email@example.com (imogen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36352#p36352 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 19:09:23 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36352#p36352
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tern ID please :: Reply by Steve Wood]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36357#p36357 Do you have any more images of bird #2 ?

no_email@example.com (Steve Wood) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36357#p36357 Wed, 07 Mar 2018 20:46:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36357#p36357
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tern ID please :: Reply by imogen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36364#p36364 no_email@example.com (imogen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36364#p36364 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 16:20:40 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36364#p36364 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tern ID please :: Reply by tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36365#p36365 no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36365#p36365 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:22:16 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36365#p36365 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Tern ID please :: Reply by George Hobson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36366#p36366
tim wrote:the bottom bird is a juvenile wft

It does look kind of funny, but it shows all the characteristics of a juv wft - including the white "cut ins" on the primary feathers.]]>
no_email@example.com (George Hobson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36366#p36366 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:41:21 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7605&p=36366#p36366
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Wairarapa Wader survey counts February 2018 :: Reply by Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36324#p36324
1 Glossy ibis (not seen here since 1992)
34 NZ dabchick
186 Black shag
73 Little black shag
16 Little shag
3 Pied shag
11 White-faced heron
145 Royal spoonbill
4875 Black swan
1017 Canada geese
174 feral geese
1224 Paradise shelduck
1 Variable oystercatcher
331 Pied stilt
203 Banded dotterel
23 Black-fronted dotterel
52 Pacific golden plover
9 Spur-winged plover
50 Bar-tailed godwit
45 Black-backed gull
78 Black-billed gull
59 Caspian tern
1 Pukeko

As per usual, some of the more numerous waterfowl (mallards, shoveler, grey teal) weren't counted, nor were passerines, as it wouldn't be possible in 1 day to do so.
Joanna McVeagh]]>
no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36324#p36324 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 17:23:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36324#p36324
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Wairarapa Wader survey counts :: Reply by andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36325#p36325 You should try to give counting shoveler, grey teal and scaup a go at peak times (late Dec - late june) because then you could document the conservation significance of the lake in terms if the 1 percent significance criterion (used by Ramsar, wetlands international etc).
no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36325#p36325 Sat, 03 Mar 2018 12:44:59 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36325#p36325
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Lake Wairarapa Wader survey counts :: Reply by Joanna10]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36367#p36367 yes that is something which has been discussed and could be possible if enough people were involved.
There have been no scaup counted on the lake at all - but they are present in the wetlands and lagoons along the lake fringes.
no_email@example.com (Joanna10) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36367#p36367 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 17:49:38 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7313&p=36367#p36367
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Glossy ibis Tokaanu Wharf Turangi :: Reply by TheBirderman]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7515&p=36371#p36371 no_email@example.com (TheBirderman) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7515&p=36371#p36371 Fri, 09 Mar 2018 21:50:37 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7515&p=36371#p36371 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Erect-crested Penguin on Otago Pen :: Author sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36326#p36326
Does anyone in Otago have any more news regarding the ECP that was photographed at Sandfly Bay yesterday?

Any info gratefully recieved.

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36326#p36326 Sat, 03 Mar 2018 16:32:28 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36326#p36326
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Erect-crested Penguin on Otago Pen :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36349#p36349
Would anyone be surprised to learn that there are currently 4 (Yes! Four!) Erect-crested Penguins in care at Penguin Place on the Otago Peninsular? And that they have had 18 (!!!!) various crested penguins there in the last few months, only one of which was a Fiordland.

Us poor birders dont stand a chance, eh?

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36349#p36349 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:59:54 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36349#p36349
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Erect-crested Penguin on Otago Pen :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36376#p36376
It's a timely reminder to keep a lookout for them at spots they've been found at previously.

It would also be interesting to know which species the other crested penguins were: Erect Crested, Snares, Rockhopper, Royal ???]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36376#p36376 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 11:25:05 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7599&p=36376#p36376
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Australian Red Rumped Parrot, Napier :: Author tim]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7617&p=36377#p36377 I was only able to cellphone photos from the first sighting.


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no_email@example.com (tim) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7617&p=36377#p36377 Sat, 10 Mar 2018 14:03:31 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7617&p=36377#p36377
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Black Stilts Lake Murray :: Author Mxyzptlk]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7620&p=36382#p36382 Black Stilt Lake Murray 180310 5820.jpgHad not been up Godley Peaks Road for a couple of years. Got the chance yesterday. Hadn't even got out of the car before spotting a pair of Black Stilts on the southern edge of the tarn. Have always found this is one of the more reliable Black Stilt sites - assuming there is water in the lake. Remarkably other tarns in the area of comparable size were dry or reduced to pugged mud but Murray was near full.

Also present the usual Scaup and Black Swans with half-a-dozen Black-fronted Terns hawking over the surface ... plus the ubiquitous Spur-winged Plovers.

And Crested Grebe are still flourishing in Lake Alexandrina and L. McGregor.

In case you are planning on visiting and have not been in the area before or for a few years it now costs you $8 to take a car up Mt John, the parking is crap and the Astro Cafe packed and over priced. That doesn't stop a major queue at the pay booth.


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no_email@example.com (Mxyzptlk) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7620&p=36382#p36382 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 10:08:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7620&p=36382#p36382
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Hudsonian Godwit - Little Waihi :: Reply by Tim Barnard]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7575&p=36385#p36385 Sixty four Pacific Golden Plover and good numbers of Banded Dotts and Wrybill. One Little Tern briefly with the Godwit flock.
no_email@example.com (Tim Barnard) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7575&p=36385#p36385 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 20:50:54 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7575&p=36385#p36385
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Latham’s snipe - Waiheke :: Author Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7610&p=36361#p36361 https://ebird.org/view/checklist/S43445427

The comment posted looks okay as well:
Snipe flushed and flew sharp left/right flight along creek bed/ rushes behind dunes. Seen at Whakanewha Bay.

Also of note on the checklist is 4 banded rails, 2 black-billed gulls, and 23 ‘Pacific Black ducks’. His checklist is set to Australian names so presumably not a local, but would be more familiar with the snipe species.]]>
no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7610&p=36361#p36361 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 08:38:39 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7610&p=36361#p36361
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Latham’s snipe - Waiheke :: Reply by Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7610&p=36386#p36386 https://ebird.org/australia/view/checklist/S43549699]]> no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7610&p=36386#p36386 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 22:13:22 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7610&p=36386#p36386 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Wellington City biodiversity :: Reply by andyf]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36417#p36417 Andy]]> no_email@example.com (andyf) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36417#p36417 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 21:43:54 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=694&p=36417#p36417 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: White winged black tern at Bromley oxidation ponds :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7636&p=36434#p36434 no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7636&p=36434#p36434 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:12:29 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7636&p=36434#p36434 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: White winged black tern at Bromley oxidation ponds :: Reply by GrahameNZ]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7636&p=36437#p36437 Quite an education in plumage looking through the BFT juv to adults.
Second pond on the right (western side) coming in from the roundabout (north end)]]>
no_email@example.com (GrahameNZ) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7636&p=36437#p36437 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 17:17:21 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7636&p=36437#p36437
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Snares Crested Penguin on Stewart Island :: Author Matt Jones]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7643&p=36443#p36443


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no_email@example.com (Matt Jones) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7643&p=36443#p36443 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 19:45:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7643&p=36443#p36443
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Any news from Ellesmere this weekend? :: Author sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36333#p36333
no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36333#p36333 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 11:32:49 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36333#p36333
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Any news from Ellesmere this weekend? :: Reply by mikullashbee]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36347#p36347 I am a day late by the looks of things here, but i was at Enbankment rd on Friday and there were a ton of birds however they were very spread out. Tons of Wrybill, B-dots, and i guess the most notable birds were three sharp-tailed sandpipers. No sign of any other arctic waders that afternoon? With all this recent rain there are tons of spots that would be suitable for them to feed so they are not as localised as one would hope.
Last night i was over on the spit side of the lake and checked crescent island which is inaccessible due to the water level, not much of note on there from what i could pick up with my bins, so i carried on to the spit tip. Again not much of note. Mainly b-dots and a few wrybill with the birds of note being 10 Red Knot. A pretty slow visit to be honest.
Hope Neil has better luck and i'd be interested to hear if he has uncovered anything decent on his trip.
Mike Ashbee
no_email@example.com (mikullashbee) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36347#p36347 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 11:57:02 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36347#p36347
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Any news from Ellesmere this weekend? :: Reply by sav]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36348#p36348
no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36348#p36348 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 14:31:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36348#p36348
<![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=36446#p36446 1 Sanderling at embankment Rd on friday.]]> no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36446#p36446 Sun, 18 Mar 2018 23:47:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7604&p=36446#p36446 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Marsh crake in Moke Lake too .... :: Author Mtn Breeze]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36369#p36369
When I was in the Queenstown area recently I visited Moke Lake for a few hours fly fishing one evening, Friday 2nd March.
I was fishing the southern end of the eastern 'arm' of the lake. The fishing was slow so I moved along to the large area of raupo and found two marsh crake. Of the marshies I have encountered, these two were most 'obliging' feeding right out in the open a mere 3.5 metres away from me.

Mr Google shows no nothing about marsh crake in Moke Lake ?? Is anyone else aware of their existence there ??







no_email@example.com (Mtn Breeze) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36369#p36369 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:34:32 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36369#p36369
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh crake in Moke Lake too .... :: Reply by Richard Schofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36370#p36370 no_email@example.com (Richard Schofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36370#p36370 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 21:53:14 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36370#p36370 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh crake in Moke Lake too .... :: Reply by Jim_j]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36383#p36383 I guess fishing gives good opportunities.

no_email@example.com (Jim_j) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36383#p36383 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:36:39 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36383#p36383
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh crake in Moke Lake too .... :: Reply by boneywhitefoot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36406#p36406 no_email@example.com (boneywhitefoot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36406#p36406 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 08:50:49 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36406#p36406 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh crake in Moke Lake too .... :: Reply by Richard Schofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36425#p36425 no_email@example.com (Richard Schofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36425#p36425 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 14:02:37 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36425#p36425 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh crake in Moke Lake too .... :: Reply by bennydog]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36450#p36450 no_email@example.com (bennydog) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36450#p36450 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:48:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7613&p=36450#p36450 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Marsh Crake - Lake Hayes :: Author Mtn Breeze]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36320#p36320
I'm in the Queenstown area again and had another look for the marsh crakes at Lake Hayes yesterday (28th February).
They are still there .... saw, photographed and managed some video of two birds feeding under thick lake side vegetation.

The council (I presume) have knocked over a large area of willows that were surrounding the lake edge and giving the raupo edges some protection (privacy) which is a shame. However, these two birds were in that area so doesn't seem to have affected them.

Video can be seen here .... https://photos.smugmug.com/Other/n-vCZ9 ... 4-1920.mp4





no_email@example.com (Mtn Breeze) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36320#p36320 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 12:01:42 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36320#p36320
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh Crake - Lake Hayes :: Reply by boneywhitefoot]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36321#p36321 no_email@example.com (boneywhitefoot) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36321#p36321 Thu, 01 Mar 2018 21:46:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36321#p36321 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Marsh Crake - Lake Hayes :: Reply by bennydog]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36451#p36451 It seems now there are no advocacy for our wildlife as DOC are primarily concerned with tourism and money collection..]]> no_email@example.com (bennydog) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36451#p36451 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 06:53:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7598&p=36451#p36451 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Weka at Mokorua Bush, Whakatane :: Reply by bennydog]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36323#p36323 An impoverished habitat severely reduced, predation, human interference,toxins, the list goes on and on sadly.
Wekas , are more aggressive than Banded Rail in all aspects competing with them for the narrow food sources, predating their eggs and chicks and generally displacing them.
Its naive to believe they will co-exist under the present and future pressure they are subjected to unfortunately..Neil foster]]>
no_email@example.com (bennydog) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36323#p36323 Fri, 02 Mar 2018 14:11:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36323#p36323
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Weka at Mokorua Bush, Whakatane :: Reply by Jim_j]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36384#p36384 Hopefuly there are some habitat's that will suit both.
Weka are recovering around Marahau in the Abel Tasman which also has a good population of rail - it will be interesting to see what happens there.

no_email@example.com (Jim_j) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36384#p36384 Sun, 11 Mar 2018 16:41:00 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36384#p36384
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Weka at Mokorua Bush, Whakatane :: Reply by bennydog]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36453#p36453 I have been criticised by my views on Weka expansion yet if people look back through records they will find plenty of evidence for my concerns especially where introductions of birds such as Snipe etc, Weka have been removed as they are significant predators believe me.
I was involved in removing Weka from Maude Island back in the seventies to protect native Frogs found there....Our first attempt was less than successful, as they are tenacious....]]>
no_email@example.com (bennydog) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36453#p36453 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 08:02:28 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7516&p=36453#p36453
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: clarifying peak counts for arctic waders at L Ellesmere :: Author andrewcrossland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7645&p=36454#p36454 A small team of us are putting together a paper looking at differences in numbers of Arctic waders at Lake Ellesmere between the period 2011 - 2018 and 1980-1994.

There are a number of years where totals of some species (as collected from personal observations, ebird, CSN, wader counts, reports on Birding NZ, Southern Bird, Wrybill newsletter, etc) seem low and we wonder if anyone out there has a higher count? (any new data will be fully acknolwedged in the paper ofcouse)

The species and years are:

Pacific Golden Plover - 0 in summer 1984/85; 1 in summer 2011/12, - anyone see more?

Turnstone - 0 in 1983/84, 0 in 1984/85, 1 in 1987/88, 1 in 1989/90, 3 in 1990/91, 5 in 1992/93, 7 in 2012/13, 5 in 2014/15, 7 in 2017/18

Red Knot - 12 in 2012/13,

Curlew Sandpiper - 3 in 2011/12, 3 in 2012/13, 4 in 2015/16, 2 in 2017/18

Sharp-tailed Sandpiper - 1 in 1980/81, 4 in 1983/84, 5 in 1990/91, 9 in 1993/94, 3 in 2014/15, 9 in 2015/16

Red-necked Stint - 22 in 2011/12,

many thanks for taking the time to check!! If you have any higher counts in your notebooks, please post them here with date and total area covered (eg; Embankment Rd to Greenpark Huts - birds seen at Jarvis Rd).]]>
no_email@example.com (andrewcrossland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7645&p=36454#p36454 Tue, 20 Mar 2018 10:37:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7645&p=36454#p36454
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Little egret - Mangere Sewage Ponds :: Author Oscar Thomas]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7641&p=36441#p36441
Also of note was this weird shag. Associating with the Little blacks however it had a paler bill and yellow on the face, which this species never shows. But looks too small for a black shag? How plausible is a hybrid bird?


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no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7641&p=36441#p36441 Sat, 17 Mar 2018 22:30:40 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7641&p=36441#p36441
<![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 :)


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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


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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 :: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Author philbattley]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36401#p36401 https://www.stuff.co.nz/auckland/local-news/western-leader/102227283/rare-frigatebird-recovering-at-auckland-bird-rescue-centre

Green Bay NZ Bird Rescue Centre in West Auckland is rehabilitating a young lesser frigatebird. So, who's going to try to tag along and tick it when it's released in the gulf...?

no_email@example.com (philbattley) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36401#p36401 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 21:19:28 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36401#p36401
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Alan Tennyson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36408#p36408 cheers
no_email@example.com (Alan Tennyson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36408#p36408 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 15:20:22 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36408#p36408
<![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=36409#p36409
Well if it isn't a Lesser FB, then it sort of has to be a Great FB. I don't think there is anything in the photo to suggest that it isn't either one. Perhaps they should look under it's wings?

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36409#p36409 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:10:03 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36409#p36409
<![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=36411#p36411


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no_email@example.com (Oscar Thomas) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36411#p36411 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 17:41:32 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36411#p36411
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Alan Tennyson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36412#p36412 Alan]]> no_email@example.com (Alan Tennyson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36412#p36412 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 18:13:58 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36412#p36412 <![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=36414#p36414
How cool if it were a Christmas FB. But seriously? I know that birds fly, and don't read the text books, but the nearest record appears to be from Darwin........I'd love to be proved wrong.

A tape measure on the bill would seem to be the quickest way to discriminate.

no_email@example.com (sav) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36414#p36414 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:14:31 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36414#p36414
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36415#p36415 Lesser FB bill length range is 79 - 93 mm
Christmas FB bill length range is 131 - 157 mm

Will report back once they reply.]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36415#p36415 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 19:51:58 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36415#p36415
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Paul Scofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36416#p36416 no_email@example.com (Paul Scofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36416#p36416 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 20:34:46 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36416#p36416 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36422#p36422
They have sent a blood sample to Massey to work out if it has an infection and what the sex of the bird is. They also said they will try to organise getting a more detailed set of morphometric measurements to help determine the species ID - and once they have that, to work out what the optimal release weight should be.]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36422#p36422 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 11:24:43 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36422#p36422
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Paul Scofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36427#p36427 maybe a male immature or juvenile Greater. Juvenile greaters average about 942g on Kirimati according to the Schreibers (if it was a lesser it would now be rather obese). They have done a great job getting it up to weight but its time to let it go.]]> no_email@example.com (Paul Scofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36427#p36427 Thu, 15 Mar 2018 15:37:29 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36427#p36427 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by David Riddell]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36431#p36431 no_email@example.com (David Riddell) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36431#p36431 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 07:54:52 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36431#p36431 <![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Paul Scofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36435#p36435
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/do ... 1&type=pdf

Basically immatures are almost impossible without measurements...

no_email@example.com (Paul Scofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36435#p36435 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 13:37:40 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36435#p36435
<![CDATA[Bird Sightings and Alerts :: Re: Frigatebird in care in Auckland :: Reply by Alan Tennyson]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36456#p36456 no_email@example.com (Alan Tennyson) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36456#p36456 Wed, 21 Mar 2018 00:25:13 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=9&t=7628&p=36456#p36456 <![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[South Pacific Birds :: Re: Lord Howe Birding :: Reply by Pete McClelland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36339#p36339 https://birdata.birdlife.org.au focusing on the ones frequented by waders - lots of golden Plover (over 200 today) along with turnstone, BT godwits, whimbrel in decreasing numbers. We had 2 Banded dotterel turn up for a couple of days last week and I got a flock of 10 Grey tailed tattler in one count (only a couple of single birds otherwise). Black winged petrel are much more common than during my previous visit with pairs flying over most of the island.]]> no_email@example.com (Pete McClelland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36339#p36339 Sun, 04 Mar 2018 21:20:27 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36339#p36339 <![CDATA[South Pacific Birds :: Re: Lord Howe Birding :: Reply by Wandoona]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36342#p36342 no_email@example.com (Wandoona) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36342#p36342 Mon, 05 Mar 2018 07:33:51 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36342#p36342 <![CDATA[South Pacific Birds :: Re: Lord Howe Birding :: Reply by Pete McClelland]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36363#p36363 no_email@example.com (Pete McClelland) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36363#p36363 Thu, 08 Mar 2018 14:25:27 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36363#p36363 <![CDATA[South Pacific Birds :: Re: Lord Howe Birding :: Reply by Wandoona]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36430#p36430 no_email@example.com (Wandoona) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36430#p36430 Fri, 16 Mar 2018 06:32:21 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=15&t=2698&p=36430#p36430 <![CDATA[Bird Taxonomy and Nomenclature :: Comprehensive Barn Owl taxonomy paper published :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7631&p=36404#p36404 Uva Vera, Päckert Martin, Cibois Alice, Fumagalli Luca, Roulin Alexandre,
Molecular Phylogenetics and Evolution, In Press March 2018.

The owl family Tytonidae comprises two genera: Phodilus, limited to the forests of central Africa and South-East Asia, and the ubiquitous Tyto. The genus Tyto is majorly represented by the cosmopolitan Common Barn Owl group, with more than 30 subspecies worldwide. Discrete differences in body size and plumage colouration have led to the classification of this family into many species and subspecies, but the taxonomic status and phylogenetic relationships between taxa remain unclear, and in some groups controversial. Although several previous studies attempted to resolve this problem, they have been limited in their taxonomic and geographical coverage, or have relied on restricted molecular evidence and low sample sizes. Based on the most comprehensive sampling to date (16 out of 17 Tyto species, and one out of three Phodilus species), a multi-locus approach using seven mitochondrial and two nuclear markers, and taking advantage of field data and museum collections available worldwide, our main questions in this study were: 1) what are the phylogenetic relationships and classification status of the whole family; 2) when and where did the most important speciation events occur?. We confirm that the Common Barn Owl, Tyto alba is divided into three main evolutionary units: 1) the American Barn Owl, T. furcata; 2) the Western Barn Owl, T. alba; and 3) the Eastern Barn Owl, T. javanica, and suggest a Late Miocene (ca. 6 mya) Australasian and African origin of the group. Our results are supported by fossil age information, given that the most recent common ancestor between the Tytonidae genera Phodilus and Tyto was probably from the Oligocene (ca. 28 mya) of Australasia. We finally reveal six major Pleistocene radiations of Tyto, all resulting in wide-range distributions.

Link to abstract: https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/a ... 0317306115

Link to higher resolution taxonomic tree graphic: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5B32B9A1]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7631&p=36404#p36404 Wed, 14 Mar 2018 07:04:27 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=7631&p=36404#p36404
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Mason Bee :: Author flossiepip]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36308#p36308


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no_email@example.com (flossiepip) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36308#p36308 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 19:06:48 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36308#p36308
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Mason Bee :: Reply by Colin Miskelly]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36309#p36309
My spider knowledge is rather patchy, but I suspect that the green one will be a thomisid (crab-spider)

no_email@example.com (Colin Miskelly) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36309#p36309 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 20:15:12 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36309#p36309
<![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Mason Bee :: Reply by David Riddell]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36310#p36310 Argyrodes antipodianus) bottom left in the third photo - they're kleptoparasites (like skuas) that lurk on webs of other spiders, particularly orbwebs, stealing their prey. Birds mostly ignore them because they look like dewdrops. Excellent second shot also clearly showing a mason bee egg, with a larva no doubt inside ready to emerge and eat the spider alive! We have heaps of mason bees around here too, but then we usually do.]]> no_email@example.com (David Riddell) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36310#p36310 Mon, 26 Feb 2018 21:14:57 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36310#p36310 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Re: Mason Bee :: Reply by Olwen]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36311#p36311 no_email@example.com (Olwen) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36311#p36311 Tue, 27 Feb 2018 00:06:31 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7594&p=36311#p36311 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Common octopus at Dunedin. :: Author Richard Schofield]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7622&p=36388#p36388 no_email@example.com (Richard Schofield) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7622&p=36388#p36388 Mon, 12 Mar 2018 11:25:21 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7622&p=36388#p36388 <![CDATA[Other Natural History :: Whale Shark sightings, Bay of Islands :: Author Michael Szabo]]> http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7624&p=36395#p36395
Link: http://www.newshub.co.nz/home/new-zeala ... shark.html]]>
no_email@example.com (Michael Szabo) http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7624&p=36395#p36395 Tue, 13 Mar 2018 11:06:07 +1300 http://www.birdingnz.net/forum/viewtopic.php?f=12&t=7624&p=36395#p36395