what's that bird?

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julia
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what's that bird?

Postby julia » Wed Nov 27, 2013 6:32 am

Hello, i am new to the forum. live in Warkworth, north of Auckland. every summer we hear a bird calling to it's mates at nightfall, a harsh rattling, chattering call. goes back & forth from bird to bird all over the grassy section, in the dark. can anyone tell me what it might be and anywhere online i can listen to a recording to verify? i am obsessively curious!! ;)
Olwen
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby Olwen » Wed Nov 27, 2013 11:41 pm

It could be Spur-winged plovers. If you go to New Zealand Birds Online and put in Spur-winged Plover you can listen to their calls. Good luck!
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby Jan » Thu Nov 28, 2013 9:51 am

Blackbirds going to roost are noisy in the way you describe.
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby SomesBirder » Thu Nov 28, 2013 11:26 am

What came to mind was oystercatchers, or maybe parrots.
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julia
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby julia » Fri Nov 09, 2018 9:58 pm

Hi again, thanks for the replies.... i am still puzzling over them, 5 years later! now i have a recording... will try to post it.
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby zarkov » Sat Nov 10, 2018 8:02 am

julia
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby julia » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:10 pm

thanks... here is my recording. please have your volume turned up, as its not that loud

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sn_Z3NqvT4c
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby Jim Kirker » Sat Nov 10, 2018 3:19 pm

Spur-winged plovers.
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby Patrick Crowe » Mon Nov 12, 2018 8:09 am

Interesting. Sounds like Cook's Petrels to me
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Re: what's that bird?

Postby David Riddell » Mon Nov 12, 2018 4:52 pm

They sound like Cook's petrels to me too. They are known to fly across the mainland in the vicinity of Warkworth on their way between feeding grounds in the Tasman and their breeding colony on Little Barrier so definitely could be. Have a listen to the recordings at NZ Birds Online and see what you think.
http://www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz/species ... ird-sounds

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