Long-tailed Cuckoo – an enigmatic bird

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The long-tailed cuckoo is an enigmatic bird – mysterious and little understood. Although reasonably common during their six-months in NZ each year, they are rarely seen, although often heard. Recently, along with a birding colleague, we visited a place, inland … Continued

Two New Bird Species

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Always a thrill to add new species to my NZ birding tally, not that I am a list maker of any sort. The first bird was an Oriental Cuckoo, that had been brought into Bird Rescue, after being caught by … Continued

Eastern Curlew on the Whanganui

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During summer I regularly check the waders on the Whanganui River Estuary, and yesterday I got the surprise of my life, a lone Eastern Curlew feeding on the river edge. It was eating crab after crab, and allowed my reasonably … Continued

Godwit Arrivals

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It is from mid-September each year that the godwits arrive back in NZ from their northern migration, to north and western Alaska. I witnessed a returning group of five at the Whanganui River Estuary, on September 15, with some birds … Continued

New Wanganui Pictorial

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This week we release another Wanganui Pictorial, our fifth book on Wanganui. It was produced at the request of our local Paper Plus and we expect it to be a steady seller, as have previous editions (4,000 copies were sold … Continued