Catlins birding

Bird sighting information. Use this forum to report bird sightings (especially rare and unusual birds), census and field count results, and trip reports. Messages posted to this forum will also be sent as a plain text email to the BIRDING-NZ newsgroup.
Richard Schofield
Posts: 138
Joined: Fri Jul 03, 2009 3:46 pm
Location: Balclutha
Contact:

Catlins birding

Postby Richard Schofield » Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:06 pm

Just back from 3 days in the Catlins. Birding highlights were 2 Grey-tailed Tattlers at Cabbage Point (a single bird was seen on a couple of occasions in December), and a Sulphur-crested Cockatoo at the head of Catlins Lake, on Wednesday. On Thursday I walked the Catlins River Track (in both directions). At least 7 parties of Yellowhead heard (and occasionally seen) on the upstream leg, all upriver of the halfway mark at Franks Stream. In similar locations on the return, plus cracking views of 2 males about 1km downstream of Franks Stream. A handful of Yellow-crowned Kakariki heard & glimpsed, 1 falcon each way, 3 Rifleman and lots of Tomtits & Brown Creeper. No cuckoos of either variety. The only Shining Cuckoo on the entire trip was a bird calling at Papatowai on Friday morning. Nugget Point on Friday afternoon was relatively quiet, though a few Shy Mollymawks, a mob of Sooty Shearwaters with a few Cape Petrel and Fluttering Shearwaters were feeding about 1.5km offshore. Also 2 N Giant Petrels, and a very brief glimpse of a Subantarctic Skua at close range. Full details on eBird.
IMG_9620.jpg
Grey-tailed Tattlers
IMG_9620.jpg (470.5 KiB) Viewed 189 times
IMG_9616.jpg
Grey-tailed Tattlers
IMG_9616.jpg (421.08 KiB) Viewed 189 times

Return to “Bird Sightings and Alerts”