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Grey-backed Storm petrel, Kaikoura Supermarket

From Ailsa Howard on Facebook: “Here is a very unusual visitor. As part of the Hutton’s Flysafe week crashlanded birds are being brought into the “Hub” by the Kaikoura Community and researches alike. On Sat morning Ted went out to pick up a bird had been phoned in from the local supermarket, and realised […]

Grey-headed Albatross off Kaikoura

Albatross Encounter have reported seeing another Grey-headed Albatross off Kaikoura on Sunday 13th March. This is only the second one they’ve recorded in 17 years of their operations there.

Bulwers Petrel – Christchurch Today! Sorry not twitchable. Reported by Paul Scofield

Heres a blocker! First live record of a Bulwers Petrel in New Zealand from North Brighton Beach yesterday 22 January. Found by a member of the public in the surf – under care in Christchurch today.


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 […]

Storm Birds over little River

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

Lighthouse rd, Haylocks Bay, Banks Peninsula

25+ White Capped Albatross

15+ Salvin’s Albatross

10 Buller’s Albatross

1 Southern Royal Albatross

1 Wandering Albatross

10 Juv Giant Petrel

4 Cape Petrel

30+ Hutton’s Shearwater

3 Hectors Dolphin


Hi all -got out 20 miles today. Highlight was a long tailed skua

10 Royal Albatross

8 Wandering Albatross

12 NZ White Capped Albatross

5 Buller’s Albatross

9 Giant Northern Petrels

12 Westland Petrels

15 White-chinned Petrels

3 grey-faced petrels

200 Snares Cape Petrels

5 Common Diving Petrels

Fairy Prions

3 Grey-backed storm petrels

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Pelagic tour off the Kaikoura Coast Saturday 31st of July

Hi All

We are putting on an all-day offshore pelagic tour off the Kaikoura Coast (we only do 1 per winter) on Saturday the 31st of July (with Sunday as a backup for weather). It will be an early 6.00am start in order to be offshore at first light and the cost will be $175.


New Brighton Pier

6 Gannets

Sumner Reported by Andrew Crossland

8 Giant Petrels seen off shore