People are sending in more tui sightings recently, and I’ve had some very interesting ones, which I’ve recorded below. …
Kaitorete Spit tui sightings on two days, 22 and 23 May
Phone call from friends of Rachel’s on 24-5-10: Annabel Allison and Michael Bayley. Rachel called back the farm manager, Bruce, who is […]
25 Black-fronted Terns Feeding
I saw a lone juvenile Australian Crested Grebe at Lake Georgina, near Lake Coleridge last Sat and again this Sat22 May, sharing the lake with substantial numbers of Black swans, and last week, many NZ Scaup, though this weekend, the numbers of the latter were greatly reduced.
Nothing reported in the last few weeks. If you do have any sightings please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Sunny, dry and cold conditions from about 10.30 to 12.45. In all we ticked up around 40 species including many passerines in the scrappy Macrocarpa remant hedge trees at the gate, as we ate our lunch. The Bittern was absent.
1 [non-breeding plumage] Pectoral Sandpiper It had a definite pectoral band, very yellow […]
1 Arctic skua chasing terns in the estuary.
12 Pied Shags Feeding together. Birds were diving together and seemed to be working together to catch fish
Thousands of Silvereyes on the move over night. Started hearing flocks at 10pm and there were still flocks going overhead at 6.30am. All birds were heading North.
banded dotterel -171 + just 5 at Greenpark Flats
Wrybill 71 (no bands seen)
Sharp-tailed sandpiper 1 (not particularly breeding plumage)
Curlew sandpiper 3 .One getting breeding plumage and larger than the other 2 which were still in winter plumage and greyish with white below
The 3 performed fast flight in zig-zag formation […]
Hi all -Chestnut teal seen on Avon-Heathcote Estuary out from Humphries Drive at 3pm feeding amongst grey teal and shovelers- the white flank patches show up well. Great to see and my first after 30 years birding in South Island. Celebrating with a glass of SE Australian Shiraz seems appropriate.
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