Wellington City biodiversity

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Michael Szabo
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Nov 20, 2017 2:32 pm

Here's a clip of a South Island Takahe swimming that I recorded at the Zealandia Ecosanctuary recently:
https://www.facebook.com/michael.szabo. ... 210899929/
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby CMKMStephens » Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:07 pm

Michael Szabo wrote:Here's a clip of a South Island Takahe swimming that I recorded at the Zealandia Ecosanctuary recently:
https://www.facebook.com/michael.szabo. ... 210899929/


What is known about Takahē swimming ability? I took this photo of the same last weekend, regularly doing the paddle across this open stretch of water (only 10-15m)

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Olwen
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby Olwen » Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:32 am

Maybe they haven't entirely become land birds and given the opportunity, will take to the water like pukekos?
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby Colin Miskelly » Mon Dec 04, 2017 2:08 pm

Another falcon sighting from my office window at 1:30 pm today.

Tui alarm calling alerted me to a loose flock of tui milling about over pohutukawa trees about 100 m away (sthn end of Tasman St), from which an adult falcon emerged and flew down Tory St, within 30 m from where I am seated.

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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby ledzep » Mon Jan 01, 2018 7:06 pm

The start of the Old Coach Road entrance to Belmont Regional Park (end of Normandale Road) is a good spot for Pipits at the moment. At least 5 just by the gate entrance to the farmland a few hundred metres from the carpark, and more Pipits in the area.
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby Olwen » Tue Jan 02, 2018 9:25 am

We had a late afternoon walk up Mt Albert on Boxing Day and a falcon flew over our heads and straight down into the valley beside us. I've occasionally seen a falcon up there before. This one was dark and probably male being not that large.
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby ledzep » Thu Jan 04, 2018 10:54 am

Walking on Tinakori Hill today on one of the lesser used tracks and came across 5 Kaka's sitting quietly in the trees, GPS 174.775651 -41.268611. A little later in Botanic Gardens on the small track about 50 metres north of Garden Road intersection with Glenmore St, was a pair of Red Crowned Parakeet feeding quietly and sitting on the fence rail, GPS 174.764421 -41.281950.
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby Colin Miskelly » Wed Jan 10, 2018 8:13 am

A shining cuckoo fledgling was being fed by a grey warbler over the back fence this morning (Mt Cook suburb).

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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby ledzep » Sat Feb 10, 2018 5:09 pm

A pair of Falcons today sitting on a bare tree branch on the Belmont Trig Bridleway. Both appeared to be adult birds. Both flew off, but returned to the tree later so it may be a favourite vantage point. GPS 174.865634 -41.191401. Also some Whiteheads in a bush with Silvereyes about 100 metres further up. Whiteheads and Bellbirds calling from near Belmont Trig.
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Re: Wellington City biodiversity

Postby Peter Hodge » Sat Feb 10, 2018 9:24 pm

Not exactly Wellington City, but close. This afternoon we were diving out on the west coast of Mana Island, Cook Strait, and from the boat spotted two Reef Herons flying to the cliffs at the north end of the island.

Peter

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