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Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:08 pm
by Jan
Weird, I can't see any posts of anythink but RNStints. Maybe she has taken it down.

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:10 pm
by Davidthomas
She posted it to the New Zealand bird image share group which I’m not sure you’re in?

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Thu Apr 11, 2019 4:59 pm
by Adam C
Its bizarre as I covered everything from the wee bay around the point to well across towards embankment including all the grassy areas and wee pools at the back. I wasnt expecting much but was surprised at zero stints especially once I found the wrybill flock. Guess it was just timing.

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2019 8:55 am
by Jan
Annette thinks she photographed the sandpipers on Tues this week. Will be interesting to see if they are still there after this storm goes through.

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 1:24 pm
by Adam C
Nice to see this chap at the Ashley Mouth this morning. What a magic morning! Crappy scope pic attached. One more easy(ish) one off the list. Getting hard now....

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:31 pm
by rowey
Not often the stars align, but today I managed to find both of our local Crake species. Have not been out a lot lately but took advantage of a fine afternoon to give them a crack. Firstly off to Harts Creek Hide where a bird(possibly 2) responded immediately to playback, calling for sometime. A brief view was obtained when it ran through the flattened area directly in front of the hide. 2nd time I have seen them here. Then off to Taumutu to try for terns at the lake opening. Zilch, nothing at all, however thought I would try my luck at the patch of Raupo at the end of the lagoon, off the four wheel drive track. The timing must have been right because I played the call and immediately saw a bird off to the right hand side. It is a very enclosed, overgrown patch of river/raupo, but there are some good flattened areas. I stood in the clear water and watched as a second bird appeared. They were quite unconcerned by my presence and continued to interact for a good 15mins, before disappearing. Even as close as 3mts away across the river. Quite special...

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:52 pm
by Adam C
That is awesome! Puts my skanky old White Heron to shame lol. What are you playing the calls on? Was the Spotless at Taumutu?

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 9:21 pm
by rowey
Just using NZBirds Online on my cellphone. Marsh at Taumutu. Might see you in Kaiks next weekend Adam. Thinking about a road/boat trip.

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 10:30 pm
by Adam C
Sounds good. We've booked the 6.30am Sat trip but could move to the mid morning one. Whatever works. Send me a txt. Think my numbers on my profile. Just hope seas flat. Not much of a pirate... ;)

Re: Canterbury Big Year

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 8:19 pm
by rowey
Went to Little River Coffee and Cake today and was surprised to see some large white birds in a Eucalyptus tree opposite the cafe. Upon closer inspection they turned out to be 4 White Herons. They were roosting with some WF Herons and Black Shags. Quite an unusual site in Little River.