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Kaitorete Spit

1 Female Orca see 30m off shore heading south slowly.

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.

Birdlings Flat

13 Little blue Penguin

1 Pomarine Skua

2 Arctic Skua

1 Fluttering Shearwater


1 NZ Pipit in the carpark

60+ Wellcome swallows flying north

Lake Ellesmere

2 Black Stilts at the Kaituna Lagoon part of Lake Ellesmere and 1 still at Ashley Estuary.

at least 6 Gull-billed Terns in the Greenpark Sands area of Lake Ellesmere (all in breeding plumage but not associating with a large Caspian Tern colony closeby), and 1-2 in the Crescent Island area along Kaitorete Spit.

2 […]

Kaitorete Spit

1 Greenshank

1 Curlew Sandpiper

1 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper

6 Bar-tailed Godwit

19 Red-necked Stint

2 Wrybill

80+ Banded Dotteral

3 Spoonbills

2 Gull-billed terns

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Shore Plover and lots of Pec Sands at L. Ellesmere

Colin Hill and I went to Jarvis Road, followed by Clark’s and Embankment Roads (Yarr’s Reserve too full-no mud)

We found:


1 Shore Plover-the locally-bred one seen there 10 days or so ago. It was feeding actively on adult flies (not the chironomid ‘lake flies’) on the mud surface (similar behaviour to feeding on […]

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 […]

Lake Ellesmere Reported by Stephen Wratten

Colin Hill and I went from Greenpark Huts to Yarr’s

Virtually none of the fancy stuff from a week ago was around but we found:

Greenpark 10 B Dotterels (inc 4 juvs) 10 stilts

Jarvis/Embankment Rd

2 banded dotterel 66 wrybill 117 stilts 10 pied oystercatchers 2 red-necked stints 133 bar-tailed godwits 17 red knot […]

Harts Creek hide, Lake Ellesmere

There were four pairs of Australasian Crested Grebe visible from the Harts Creek hide on Lake Ellesmere today Sunday 21 October,

The sun was shining straight across the lake toward the hide which made photography directly into the sun extremely problematic especially with a highly reflective lake adding to the background dazzle. The shot here […]

Kaitorete Spit Reported by Duncan Watson

Following up on the report from Colin Hill and Stephen Wratten, Jan Walker, Dianne Parker and myself went to Kaitorete Spit on this fine Sunday. No sign of the Greenshank.

30 Wrybill 17 Red-necked Stint 1 (maybe more, not sure if we saw the same bird 2 or 3 times) Curlew Sandpiper 10+ Banded Dotterel