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Brown Teal, Travis, Reported by Grahame

Hi folks, For anybody wanting to see the Travis Brown Teal now would be a good time to make a visit. There’s 3 male birds making a regular appearence, it’s not unusual to be able to see 2 at a time. Have a look in the early afternoon to the right of the culvert between […]

Confirmed arrival of Godwits at Avon-Heathcote Estuary today (SUNDAY), CHCH Reported by Andrew Crossland

Definitive evidence of new arrivals today – 458 Godwits present at high tide, and increase of 165 on numbers yesterday and 140+ more than highest confirmed winter count.

A number seen with residual breding plumage and many feeding over high tide.

The flagged birds reported in recent days may well have been new arrivals (part […]

Annual city-wide Pukeko monitoring Reported by Andrew Crossland

Hi folks, this year is the 31st year since peak winter monitoring of > Pukeko on the Linwood Paddocks started, and 32 years since Travis was > first monitored. For the last decade all the key sites in CHCH have > been covered in June, providing a useful index of Pukeko abundance and > distribution. […]

Bittern, Bexley Wetland Reported by Grahame

Hi folks, I was wandering around Bexley Wetland today looking for some Goldfinch to pose for me when i flushed a Bittern. He must have been out in the open, I just wasn’t looking that far ahead of me. It only flew a short distance and did what Bitterns do best.

I tried to […]

Travis Wetland Reported by Andrew Crossland

Hi folks, just letting you know that the Glossy Ibis is still around Travis, usually in the SW corner. We’ve recommenced a bird monitoring programme at the site and recent sightings include 1 Cattle Egret, 1 White Heron, 1 Black-fronted Dotterel. No Bitterns or Marsh Crake sighted recently, but I’ll wager that both sp are […]

Australasian Bitterns at Brooklands lagoon Reported by Andrew Crossland

Just reporting 3 Aust Bitterns seen well flying together at dusk – lifted from a large overgrown wet patch on the west side of the Styx River on Lower Styx Road, 1/2 way between Spencerville and Brooklands, CHCH, and flew over the road eastward to the western shore of Brooklands lagoon. Lets hope the numerous […]

Brooklands lagoon reported by Robbie Hewson

1 Falcon

1 Great white Heron

Yellow-eyed Penguin at Spencerville Beach Reported by Andrew Crossland

bumped into a juv YEP coming out of the surf at Spencerville Beach, NE Christchurch late this afternoon. It was banded so I thought it might be one of the juvs fledged from the 7+ pairs that breed on nearby Banks Peninsula. The number was J19062, which my contacts in DoC tell me is an […]

Travis Wetland Reported By Grahame

Hi folks, Some days going birding produces some real fun results. Today at Travis Wetland I managed to score a couple of the scarcer birds that can be found there. White Heron and a Brown Teal. This is the 3rd time that I know of that the Heron has been seen in the past week, […]

Travis Wetland reported by Andrew Crossland

The Glossy Ibis was at Travis Wetland (back for something like the 19th consecutive year!), and I assume its the same one as seen at Bexley Wetland (a few kms away) earlier in the week.

Also at Travis yesterday, was a B/F Dotterel,