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New Zealand Birding Trip Report
March 07-30, 2005

TOTAL SPECIES SEEN - 73


Introduced species - 14
Native species -30
Endemic species - 29

The following species were observed at these locations:


Auckland Domain
Blackbird
Rock Pigeon
Feral Goose
Mallard
Common Myna
Fantail
Silvereye
Black-backed Gull
Pukeko
Red-billed Gull


Tiritiri Matangi Island   (This island is a must see!)
Common Myna
Fantail
Black-backed Gull
Pukeko
Australasian Gannet
New Zealand Kingfisher
Blue Penguin
Buller's Shearwater
Spur-winged Plover
White-fronted Tern
Brown Teal
Takahe
Red-crowned Parakeet
Whitehead
North Island Robin
Stitchbird
North Island Kokako
North Island Saddleback
Bellbird
Tui
New Zealand Pigeon



Rotorua area
Mallard
House Sparrow
Chaffinch
Starling
Canada Goose
Black Swan
Feral Goose
California Quail
Magpie
Little Shag
Little Black Shag
White-faced Heron
Pukeko
Welcome Swallow
Pied Stilt
New Zealand Dabchick
New Zealand Scaup



Huka Falls
Fantail
Whitehead


Aratiatia Rapids
Fantail
Silvereye
Tui
Whitehead
Bellbird



Horohoro Bluffs
Paradise Shellduck


Lake Whakamaru
Caspian Tern
Australasian Harrier
Coot


Tongariro National Park

Lake Rotoaira track
New Zealand Pigeon
Whitehead
Bellbird
Tui
Grey Warbler


Wakapanui Track
Fantail
Tomtit
North Island Robin
Grey Warbler
Rifleman



Manawatu Estuary
Mallard
Canada Goose
Caspian Tern
Pacific Golden Plover
White-faced Heron
Bar-tailed Godwit
Pied Stilt
Black-backed Gull
Lesser Knot
Australasian Harrier
Variable Oystercatcher
Wrybill



Lake Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project

Honeydew Track
Bellbird
Tui
Tomtit
Kaka -Watched a pair in tree for 20 minutes.
South Island Robin



Cape Foulwind (carpark)
Weka


Oakarito Lagoon
Banded Dotterel
Pied Stilt
Caspian Tern
Bar-tailed Godwit
Little Black Shag
White Heron
South Island Pied Oystercatcher
Variable Oystercatcher



Fox Glacier
Kea   (2 birds perched in large tree stump)


Fiordland National Park

Waiau River
Fantail
New Zealand Falcon
(Watched a NZ Falcon chasing a Spur-winged Plover for 15 minutes back and forth over the Waiau River)
Tomtit
South Island Robin
Grey Warbler


Lake Gunn
Fantail
Tomtit
Bellbird
Rifleman


Knobbs Flat, Eglington Valley
New Zealand Falcon  (Flew across road and landed in tree)

Milford Sound
White Heron

Homer Tunnel Area - car park
Kea (With injured foot)


Riverton
Ruddy Turnstone
Banded Dotterel
Spotted Shag


Monkey Island
Black-fronted Tern
White-fronted Tern


Otatara
Fernbird
to see the NZ Fernbird you should visit this site: http://www.fernbirds.co.nz


Otago Peninsula
Yellowhammer
Royal Albatross
Royal Spoonbill
Stewart Island Shag
Yellow-eyed Penguin



Ahuriri Estuary
New Zealand Kingfisher


Miranda Seabird Center
Banded Rail
Pied Stilt
Bar-tailed Godwit
Wrybill


Notes:
The weather was great. 23 days with only two mornings of rain.
But be prepared for the South Island sandflies by wearing long sleeve shirts and long pants.

Even if you only have a limited amount of time in New Zealand, I would highly recommend to visit at least the following locations:


Tiritiri Matangi Island
Tongariro National Park
Manawatu Estuary
Lake Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project
Oakarito Lagoon
Fiordland National Park
Otatara
Otago Peninsula
Miranda Seabird Center


ALOHA
Michael Walther
Oahu Nature Tours

Oahu Nature Tours   

Phone: 808-924-2473      Fax: 808-924-5395
E-mail: natureguide@oahunaturetours.com
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