Saturday, March 21, 2020

Kaipara Catch-up

Godwit and red knots overhead. Checking traps and bait stations.

Sunday, March 15, 2020

Miranda PGP News

Headed to Miranda today to check out the birds that have arrived from the South Island and to see the remaining bar-tailed godwit that have not yet left for their migration to the Artic.

During scanning through the birds a Hudsonian godwit was spotted on the Stilt pond. It was later revealed at the introduction a to a talk by Andrew Crowe back at the Shorebird centre that JoJo the missing Pacific Golden Plover had also been recorded today at Miranda.

 JoJo had last been recorded as being in Tonga so this was great news to know that he ( originally that to be a she) had in fact returned and had completed a full migration to and from Alaska.

Monday, March 9, 2020

MINT's 2020

First stop Te Kuiti for lunch. Second stop National Park.

Trek 1- Dactylanthus-hand pollinating. A first for me and an interesting project to help DOC safeguard and hopefully increase the range of this unique parasitic plant. Heading out from Turangi in five utes we are soon at the beginning of the trail,













Trek 2

Lake Rotopounamu. We had missed circumnavigating this beautiful lake on several occasions but today was to be the day we finally crossed this stunning bush surrounded lake of our list. With interesting botany and birds it was sure to take us at least twice as long as most people to circumnavigate.






Trek 3

A perfect blue sky day to explore Pukekaikiore volcanic cone. With no marked paths this was going to be a challenge.









Photos and more to follow.

Friday, March 6, 2020

Celebration !


I have been trying to get dog signage into Ngataringa bay for some years now to protect the important high tide roost site. I started the process in 2013 and worked with a Council contractor on the locations that required signage.. The bylaw was updated in 2015 with the added protection ruling of 'No Dogs on Shell Banks or in Mangroves to protect Wildlife'.

Signage by Council appeared a year later in 2016 all around Shoal and Ngataringa estuaries but it was disappointing that no signage although requested and shown on the plans appeared at this location.
So a celebration today to see signage at last in two locations to protect this important site.



Saturday, February 8, 2020

Kaipara Count

A good paddle across to the island at high tide for the bird count. 1500 South Island Pied oystercatchers first count at the North end.

 Its very hot and we progress to our second target area where the waders are for some reason very skittish and unsettled. We struggle to use a scope to count the bird soup of red knots and bar-tailed godwit as the heat is causing a distracting shimmer..





Red Knot and godwit

Photos and More to follow...………………..

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Off Grid

Boy its been hot! Yesterday hitting over 30 degrees where we were parked up but the solar panels kept the fridge going so that was good.







Photos & more to follow ………………...

Saturday, January 25, 2020

Leucistic Tui

No sign today of the leusitic tui seen at the beginning of the month regularly visiting our sugar feeder in the garden. Definitely not an albino as you can see by the dark eyes.




I photographed this thought to be a leucistic variable oystercatcher in the Kaipara on December 29th 2016. However it may be an albino as on closer viewing of my photo their is a hint of red in those eyes.


Monday, January 6, 2020

Fairy Tern Chick in Training.

Just home after an extremely windy day spent photographing a young Fairy Tern North of Auckland  as it shows off its newly learnt flying skills. It never quite catches anything but does appear to have all the correct moves..






More photos to follow...……………………..

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Year Beginning

HAPPY NEW YEAR


A regular visitor to our deck. A cappuccino loving Barbary dove. So tame and confiding. I think that gradually birds are taking over the place as they become more confident and relaxed as we pursue a 'No Cats Zone'.