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 […]
760 Black- fronted Terns on the Waimakariri River, between weedons ross rd and thompsons rd. This included about 60 juvenile birds. The birds seemed to be sheltering from the strong north west wind, however there was a small number moving to and from a north west direction, possibly to some paddocks over the stop bank.
Spectacular sight as 5 Arctic skuas chased one White-fronted tern. About 10 Arctic skuas in total and about 500 White-fronted terns. Also a flock of about 200 Hurtton’s Shearwaters in the breakers just north of the river mouth – the first time I have seen shearwaters at the Waimak Mouth. Would pick it as being […]
2 Wrybill with 2 fledging
1 Black Stilt paired with pied stilt
120+ Black-fronted Tern at Waimakariri Rivermouth, biggest count for several years. Also 2 Black-fronted Dotteral and 92 Banded Dotteral still present at Brooklands.
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Black Fronted Dotteral (flying over head calling)
Here is the next and long overdue update about the Waimak river birds.
The black-billed gull colony around the Groyne 53 mark is doing well and yesterday I managed to count around 100 chicks so this is a good start. The colony has maintained its size well and has probably grown since its […]
1 Black Fronted Dotteral (4km above the bridges) E1569898 N5192228
Still not confirmed as Breeding
1 Shining Cuckoo
Banded Dotteral on eggs 72 Black fronted Terns 1300c Black Billed Gulls 1 Wrybill
49 S/W Plover 2 Pied Stilt 1 W/F Heron 2 Little Cormorant 1 Pied Cormorant 11 Black-backed Gull 15 Black-billed Gull 16 W/F Tern 9 B/F Tern