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Tui seen at Leithfield Village, reported by Janey Thomas

Sighting of a Tui at Leithfield Village .

20 km SE of Akaroa by Peter Langlands

Hi all- I got out offshore yesterday to about 20 km SE of Akaroa with the following sightings- the flock of 1000’s of fairy prions was especially notable-

White-flippered Penguin 4 sighted to 10km offshore Southern Royal Albatross 25 Wandering Alabtross 5 Gibsoni- adults Shy Albatross 15 14 ad + 1 immature Bullers Albatross 40 […]

Birdlings Flat By Andrew Crossland

37 Short-Tailed Shearwaters found dead on beach

1 Mottled Petrel

+ Giant Petrel

+ Albotross Sp

all found dead on beach by CCC rangers a day after the storm.

Storm Birds over little River

Petrel Species seen flying over Little River in bad weather at 8am

Glossy Ibis back at Travis Wetland for 16th year Reported by Andrew Crossland

The Glossy Ibis was back today – for the 16th consecutive winter – at Travis Wetland Reserve, CHCH. First sighted in winter 1999 its been here every winter since. Its habits and the sites it is faithful to, mean that it can be none other than the same bird each year. Does anyone know what […]

Banks Peninsula

An Erect-Crested Penguin was photographed at a private bay on NE Banks Peninsula a few days ago, and seen the next day heading to sea. It was reportedly in final stages of moult. So a heads up that its time again that various unusual penguins are moulting around the South Island’s coasts.

over-summering White Herons Reported by Andrew Crossland

Interesting to read Sav’s posting about a Great Egret still present in Taradale, Hawkes Bay. Generally over spring-early summer the entire population are centred near Okarito on the West Coast. In the CHCH area 2 different individuals have stayed through spring-summer on Brooklands lagoon and the lower Avon River. A year or two ago a […]

Cattle Egret – Drain Rd, Lake Ellesmere Reported by Ben

Hi all.

On my way back from Taumutu I had a Cattle Egret flying right over my car just as I passed the corner of The Lake Rd/Drain Rd. I stopped as quickly as possible but lost sight of it, but then an other 4 flew south from a paddock near that corner. It took […]

Matuku/Australasian Bittern Kaiapoi Island reported by steve

It was great while walking the Poynter nature track on Kaiapoi Island, Waimakariri River, Christchurch, to hear (but unfortunately not see) two bittern booming. This is a great little wetland wedged between the Waimakariri and Kaiapoi rivers is very rewarding for its mix of estuarine, scrub and bushland birds but it is the first time […]

Lake Ellesmere/Kaitorete Spit/Greenshank Reported by Stephen Wratten,

Colin Hill and I went to the Spit Oct 4 pm- good light but strong S-W wind – and found:

1 Greenshank. It flew from a S-E direction from the dunes area to the lake. Typical ringing teu teu teu call alerted us. Good view of white rump extending well up lower back. Legs not […]