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.
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- Amber Calman
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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.
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