General birdwatching discussion, help with bird identification, and all other things relating to wild birds and birding in NZ that don't fit in one of the other forums.
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Hi Sav, I saw two CBG at St Anne's on October 23rd last year. They were out on the island in the lagoon, late afternoon.
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- Location: Havelock North
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a group of us visited St Annes Lagoon last Friday when enroute to and from Kaikoura - no sign of any Cape Barren Geese unfortunately, and also no sign of the Australian Little Grebe that was reported there last year. Oddly, there were in fact very few birds - no big Paradise Shelduck flock, very few shoveler or Grey Teal. Its one of 3 closed game areas in Canterbury (the others being the Rakaia Rivermouth and Ahuriri Lagoon) so there's absolutely no gamebird hunting allowed, but the feel of the place reminded me of a site emptied of birds by shooting. The lagoon is currently full, with no muddy margins - so no B/F Dotterels either.
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Anyone been the St Anne's since Andrew's post? Need to drive past late May.
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A pair of Cape Barren geese are back at St. Anne's Lagoon, with a gosling. They were in the small pond to the right of the entrance. Nice to see them back again.
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Talking of Cape Barren Geese... there are at least 5 on a patch of farmland in central Motueka. Between Thorp street and High Street. Just north of Old Wharf Rd. I was there 2 weeks ago and there were 2 pair and at least another one. Spoke to a local resident who said they have been roaming "wild" there for a year or 2.