About New Zealand birds, for New Zealand birders

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Emperor penguin, Kapiti Coast

Without doubt NZ's most twitched bird to date. This young emperor penguin, nicknamed "Happy Feet" by the media, shot to international fame when it turned up on a Kapiti Coast beach in June 2011.
Photo by Neil Fitzgerald

The discussion forum is free and easy to join, allowing anyone with an interest in NZ birds—resident scientists, international twitchers, or those just looking for help with a bird ID—to find and share information. A key goal of the site is to allow people to quickly and easily distribute details about rare bird observations, so others may also have a chance to see something special. To help achieve this goal, several options are available to allow registered users to get important information quickly, and in a way that suits them best.

The forums are rapidly growing in popularity, and as the site grows, we hope to add more links to birding related web resources, and informative articles on some of New Zealand's special species and birdwatching hot spots. Contributions of relevant material are welcome.

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gull-billed tern

There was a significant influx of (usually very uncommon) gull-billed terns in estuarieas around NZ in 2011. This one was photographed at Miranda by Neil Fitzgerald

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