Finding Wanganui N Night Herons in 2019?

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Finding Wanganui N Night Herons in 2019?

Postby andrewcrossland » Thu Jul 25, 2019 9:10 pm

Hi folks, I'm hoping to pass through the Wanganui River area in Sept and am wondering if there's any recent info on where best to view Nankeen Night Herons. I know a few years ago they frequented a cafe somewhere? Is that still the case? and where and when should one go to have a good chance of seeing one?
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Re: Finding Wanganui N Night Herons in 2019?

Postby Paul Gibson » Mon Jul 29, 2019 9:58 am

Hi Andrew, I last saw the night herons about three months ago, so happy to help find them for you. I am away though from Sept 12 to Sept 28, but could arrange for someone else to take you during this time. Best you plan a night in Wanganui as being nocturnal birds they are usually seen near dusk. There is a small chance of seeing them during the day at the Upokongaro Cafe, otherwise we go to Kemps Pole, further upriver, and on private land.

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