Birding Spots around Wellington

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Birding Spots around Wellington

Postby ZionCooper » Sun Jul 10, 2022 3:35 pm

Hi all,
Just wondering if there are any good birding/bird Photography spots around Wellington.
I’m currently planning on doing Zealandia, Otari-Wilton’s Bush, and Pauhatani Reserve.
Thanks, Zion
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Re: Birding Spots around Wellington

Postby Oskar » Sun Jul 10, 2022 6:31 pm

Waikanae sandspit + estuary is my favourite area but it's a bit far from the city. Same for Queen Elizabeth 2 park.
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Re: Birding Spots around Wellington

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Jul 11, 2022 12:03 pm

Wellington Botanic Garden is also good for forest species and the coast from Island Bay to Owhiro Bay can be good for Reef Herons and passing seabirds that can sometimes include albatrosses and giant petrels (accessible via the #1 bus). Chaffers Marina behind Te Papa can sometimes have resting Spotted Shags and Little Black Shags.
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Re: Birding Spots around Wellington

Postby ZionCooper » Mon Jul 11, 2022 1:47 pm

Thank You
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Re: Birding Spots around Wellington

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed Jul 13, 2022 2:13 pm

If anyone is interested in finding good birding spites in any part of NZ just go onto eBird and search the hotspots.
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Re: Birding Spots around Wellington

Postby Wrybill » Sun Jul 17, 2022 5:58 pm

Otaki beach waitohu stream mouth is always good 17-24 speices usually

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