RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

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RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby RussCannings » Sun May 13, 2018 7:03 pm

Hi all,

Noel Ward called me this evening (Sunday) to say he was looking at a phalarope at the Nelson Sewage Lagoons (north of town at the head of the harbour). The photograph below (taken around dusk) that he kindly texted me looks good for Red-necked Phalarope. The bird was apparently visible from the public road however it may be possible to get permission to access the ponds---Nelson birders?

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Appears to be an immature (i.e. First boreal spring), which I would guess spent the summer undetected somewhere in NZ.

Happy phalaroping for anyone that gives it a go.

Russ C
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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby Steve Wood » Sun May 13, 2018 8:13 pm

Can’t follow this one up I’m in Europe
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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby kengeorge » Mon May 14, 2018 9:52 am

I'll go over this arvo (from Golden Bay) for a look. Ironic that Steve is on the other side of the world when something like this comes up in his own backyard, that's just so birding!!
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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby Amber Calman » Mon May 14, 2018 10:11 am

I spotted it around 8:50 this morning, here
https://goo.gl/maps/vPsMNnYYtZU2 . Hanging out with the Pied Stilts, acting like a drowning lark. It was great to see, very pleased!
Check the areas with stilts, it flew in after a few minutes for me.
I'll add a proper photo once I arrive home.
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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby sav » Mon May 14, 2018 10:29 am

Nice work Amber! Aren't they (all phalaropes) just terrific little things?

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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby Amber Calman » Mon May 14, 2018 1:29 pm

Hehe, they are arn't they?
Here I am with my shots!

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I was pleased to get a nice shot of a dispute between the species. I believe the Pied Stilts were not pleased by its energetic behaviour.

A shot of its location:
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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby kengeorge » Mon May 14, 2018 8:25 pm

Thanks for this posting Russ, and Amber for your positioning, it was exactly where you said it would be when I saw it 4.00pm Monday. Very busy little bird with the head bobbing and circling around. I'd forgotten what a lovely location the Nelson Water Treatment ponds are, must spend more time there. Access permission doesn't seem to be an issue judging by the number of dog-walkers, joggers, and local people who seem to be generally wandering around the place.
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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby Jim_j » Mon May 14, 2018 9:24 pm

Yes it is a great spot - several Marsh Crake & Dabchick have also been spotted.
My understanding when living there (from the local OSNZ branch) is that access (from the gate about half way up Bolder Bank drive) is ok - apart from where there are signs indicating no entry.

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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby Richard Fenner » Tue May 15, 2018 3:30 pm

I'd be very grateful for any updates on this bird as thinking I must go see but no chance before Friday!
Thanks everyone!
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Re: RED-NECKED PHALAROPE in Nelson

Postby Davidthomas » Tue May 15, 2018 3:44 pm

Will be there tomorrow and provide updates.

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