Request for help in South Island

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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby Oscar Thomas » Thu Nov 15, 2018 3:07 pm

Drive to the end of Hardings Road in Blenheim, you might see the ibis in the trees over the sewage ponds but if you continue past them to the Wairau Lagoon walk, I have seen Cirl buntings along there in shrubs.
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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby Jim_j » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:09 pm

Grahame - if you luck out on all those suggestions for Yellowhead then:-

Start of Routeburn near Glenorchy is usually realiable

Blue Mountains (Rankleburn) near Tapanui is still supposed to be good - although you need to access Forestry roads so probably need a 4wheel drive (or Mountain Bike or long walk!) and go in the weekend (last resort if all else fails...).

There is also a population on Bluemine Island in the Marlborough sounds which you can reach via one of the Nature tours that go to Moturara Is/Ship Cove - it also has o/f parakeet which you probably wont get anywhere else....(and probably King Shag on the way out).
Be a bit expensive and the Yellowhead maybe hard to find but worth a shot - OF Parakeet are often seen I believe (I saw one right where the boat dropped me!).
No jetty - you have to wade - so very weather dependant.

If you just go to Motuara Is you will get y/c parakeet & SI Saddleback

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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby Davidthomas » Thu Nov 15, 2018 4:13 pm

Yep the north west end. And as mentioned above Cirl buntings at the Wairau sewage lagoons is a relatively reliable spot.

Blumine is also a good option as Jim suggests, OFPs are relatively reliable near to where you land the boat, and yellow head usually a bit further in. King shags breed on the southern tip of the island so should be seen if you go out there. It’s also worth noting that there’s a colony/roost of birds that are viewable from the Interislander ferry that are relatively reliable. See Colin Miskelly’s thread in the sightings subforum for more information.
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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby Grahame » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:15 am

You people are all so very helpful, so thank you all once again. I'm sure I will be in with a good chance due to your help.
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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby kengeorge » Fri Nov 16, 2018 8:20 am

We got very lucky with yellowhead/mohua on the Lake Wanaka to Haast highway over to the west coast a couple of years ago. A few kms north of Makarora is a carpark for the Blue Pools Walk on the main highway; we pulled in to the carpark and there was a group of 8-10 mohua in the trees right above the carpark, crossing back and forth across the road and sitting calling loudly in the trees right there. The Blue Pools Walk is beautiful too, worth doing. Makarora is a nice spot to stop for the night too, it's just a truck stop, restaurant, accommodation chalets but the surrounds are worth the stop-over.
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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby Jim_j » Fri Nov 16, 2018 12:34 pm

Good call Ken - I'd forgotten about that spot.
Grahame if you end up going through Haast then well worth a night or two at Okarito - there is a guy there that does night tours which are apparently vey realiable for Rowi.
It's also a fantastic spot - fernbird, bittern, waders etc.
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Sort of depends on how much money and time you've got....

One thing with Yellowhead is that they can be reasonably common at places then just pretty much gone - depending on beech masts and the resultant mouse/rat/stoat plagues - so pays to have a few options or rely on islands like Ulva & Bluemine

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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby kengeorge » Sat Nov 17, 2018 8:23 am

Grahame, a way of greatly increasing your chances of seeing the yellowheads is using a bit of playback. The Yellowheads, like their cuzzies the Whitehead (North Island) and the Brown Creeper (South Island), will respond within about 60 seconds if they're within hearing range. So will Bellbirds, Grey Warblers and Tomtits (to Yellowhead call). The Yellowheads tend to stay high in the foliage, the Bellbirds, Warblers and Tomtits will come right down close to have a look at you.
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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby TedHoward-Huttons » Sat Nov 17, 2018 5:50 pm

There are usually cirl bunting by Nga Niho Pa on Scarborough Street in Kaikoura.

We have huttons shearwaters here too, that breed only here in Kaikoura.
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Re: Request for help in South Island

Postby David Riddell » Wed Dec 12, 2018 11:32 am

kengeorge wrote:We got very lucky with yellowhead/mohua on the Lake Wanaka to Haast highway over to the west coast a couple of years ago. A few kms north of Makarora is a carpark for the Blue Pools Walk on the main highway; we pulled in to the carpark and there was a group of 8-10 mohua in the trees right above the carpark, crossing back and forth across the road and sitting calling loudly in the trees right there.

Thanks for the tip Ken - we stopped in at the Blue Pools on our way through the Haast Pass on Thursday last week on a beautiful sunny day, and a family group of yellowheads came across the path literally at knee height less than five minutes from the carpark. Saw and heard them again higher in the trees on the way out. Spoke to some DoC staff we met, who say there's lots of predator control in the area, which seems to be working. Beautiful area, well worth a stop.

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