Weka west of Whakatane

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Weka west of Whakatane

Postby RussCannings » Wed Jul 29, 2020 2:45 pm

Hi all,

While returning from the Gisborne pelagic this past weekend, David Thomas and I saw a Weka in Awakeri (just east of the village along SH2) which is SW of Whakatane and possibly the furthest west record in recent years (Eryk? Tim?), not counting the Mt Maunganui specimen or some problematic ebird reports still being followed up on.

This really isn't a surprise though as birds will have presumably have dispersed at least to the Rangitaiki River along the edge of the hills. Cool to see it actually happening though. We also saw a bunch further east along SH2 as well as on the Gisborne side of the divide.

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Re: Weka west of Whakatane

Postby phil hammond » Wed Jul 29, 2020 7:09 pm

Hi Russ
Paul and I also saw N I Weka on our way back from the Gisborne pelagic. Ours were about 5 km SE from Matawai on SH 2. One was on the side of the road and when we stopped we saw 2 others and heard a distant 4th. One of them trotted across the tar seal giving excellent vie
PS thanks for organizing the pelagic, they were 2 great days
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Re: Weka west of Whakatane

Postby Wandoona » Wed Jul 29, 2020 10:23 pm

On my many trips over the last decade between Gisborne and Tauranga I have regularly seen NI Weka from Otoko to Matawai and also the Opotiki side of the Waioweka Gorge . They have been well established at the top of the Motu for years. They suddenly disappeared from our farm outside Gisborne in 1987 and haven’t returned.
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Re: Weka west of Whakatane

Postby Tim Barnard » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:52 am

That's a pretty good record Russ. When I first arrived out here, the only place to see them was up the Motu as Wandoona said and that was hit and miss. Their march across the eastern Bay has been relentless. Just wondering how long it will be before I get one up at Maketu ... that would be good ...
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Re: Weka west of Whakatane

Postby erikforsyth » Fri Jul 31, 2020 7:56 pm

Hi Russ, David and Tim

Weka are now fairly common residents throughout Whakatane. I have not seen them in Awakeri, so they must be on the march to the forested areas of the Rotoma lakes. There was a photo in a local paper of a dead bird found recently on a Mt Manganui Beach, Tauranga.

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