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Ashley estuary

5 knot

1 curlew

Waipara River Mouth

4 Black-fronted Dotteral feeding about 300m from the golf course.

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Chestnut-breasted Shelduck At Bromley oxidation ponds

2 Chestnut-breasted Shelduck on the empty pond next to main road.

2 Arctic Skua over head also and

1 Great White Heron in the estuary nest to the south Brighton bridge

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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
the longevity record for Glossy Ibis area?

BirdingNZ.net Alert: at last some skua action off CHCH beaches Reported by Andrew Crossland

Its been a slow skua season so far, appears to be less around than last
year. Today, while doing a beach patrol along southshore spit, I noticed a
big congregation of gulls and terns feeding about 400m offshore. Suddenly a
loose formation of dark shapes arrive and the fun begins. 3 dark and 2 pale
Arctics with a much bigger pale Pomarine dog-fighting with W/F Terns and
Red-billed Gulls. Magic.

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.

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 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.

Oxidation Ponds

7 Wrybill

1 Arctic Skus over head

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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 flock of c.7 spent some time in the Kaituna area of Lake Ellesmere. They fed and roosted as a flock which gave many observers the impression that they may be of Australian, rather than of NZ origin – as NZ White Herons tend to be solitary in the non-breeding season, or at most, occur in 2’s. White Herons that seem not to know that its time to go to Okarito intriguingly also suggest they are not of local origin. AC

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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