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Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:19 pm
by RonRidout
I spent about 2 hours this morning (Feb 14) searching in vain for the Black Kite at the usual spot on Waihopai Valley Rd. I finally gave up and went off to check for Black-fronted Dotterel at the Hwy 63 bridge over the Waihopai River. And came across the Kite soaring about south of 63 about 1 km west of Waihopai Valley Rd.
No dotterels at the river which looks recently flooded.

Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Sun Feb 18, 2018 12:02 pm
by Amber Calman
Saw the bird 342 Delta Lake Heights, Renwick, Marlborough, NZ (-41.528, 173.769), on Sat Feb 17, 2018 3:03 PM.

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Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Fri Mar 30, 2018 9:47 am
by Paul Gibson
Black kite in his usual area this morning. After a birdless hour I was driving off when I spotted him coming in the distance. Passed over the road then turned and returned to where he came from. Everywhere in the surrounding vineyards were gunshot type explosions, presumably to frighten off birds.

Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Sat Jun 09, 2018 8:25 pm
by Mtn Breeze
Hi everyone,

I was driving up the Wairau valley on 28 May at 1100 and saw the kite soaring over SH63 a kilometre or so past the Waihopai turn off.

Matt


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Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Sun Nov 11, 2018 10:28 pm
by wazzagonewild
The bird was present in the usual spot this afternoon. Seen from Delta Lake Heights, where it flew over the road and I observed it interacting with its harrier neighbours.

Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:13 pm
by sav
Black Kite again today from Waihopai Valley Rd

cheers

Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Sat Apr 06, 2019 11:59 pm
by wazzagonewild
Has anyone seen the black kite this year? I've dipped on it on three separate visits, after having a 100% success rate previously. I hope it hasn't succumbed to old age :(.

Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 8:01 am
by Brent Stephenson
We spent an hour there on 22 Feb and did not see the bird. Mind you I spent an hour there in late Nov also and did not see the bird!

Cheers,

Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Sat Apr 13, 2019 5:15 pm
by RussCannings
I'm 1/5 since 2008 so there's still hope!

Re: Black Kite -Waihopai Valley

Posted: Sun Apr 14, 2019 3:33 am
by Brent Stephenson
1 is better than 0 Russ! Ha ha ha

Looking back through our trips in Jan and Feb, Sav glimpsed the bird during his trip on 25 Jan, not sure Phil Hammond stopped in there, and Matt Jones did not see it when he stopped there on 8 Feb. So it hasn’t been seen since 25 Jan...

Cheers,