South Island Birding Trip

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The South Island is a great birders destination and we have just enjoyed two and half weeks of birding at its best. We achieved good photos of all our target birds and even a possible cover picture for our next … Continued

Our Smallest Arctic Wader

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A visit to the Manawatu River Estuary on Saturday produced a red-necked stint, the smallest Arctic wader that comes to New Zealand. Only sparrow sized, its migration journey is one of the wonders of the natural world. This bird was … Continued

Kingfishers in Winter

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Most winters I try to spend some time in a hide down on the Whanganui River bed, as it is the time of the year when kingfishers congregate. This last Saturday was not overly successful but I did get an … Continued

The Marvel of Migration

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We have a godwit who visits us in Whanganui each summer, or at least has done for the last 10 years, as I have previously reported in my posts. I checked out the Whanganui River estuary yesterday and the 10 … Continued

An Unexpected Encounter

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The Royal Spoonbill is a very photogenic bird, a photographer’s dream subject. Over the years I have photographed many of them but almost always on the ground, usually at some estuary. Recently I came across some in a tree and … Continued

Chasing a MEGA rarity

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When word was out that a MEGA rarity, in the birding world, had shown up at Napier I was making plans to get there as quick as possible. Only the forth record of this speciesĀ in New Zealand, a Wilson’s Phalarope … Continued

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