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Day 2: Abel Tasman by Kayak

Posted Friday 28th August 2009 at 22:55 by Amurfalcon
So, our second day in Abel Tasman National Park, our first full day, and our last day. This, due to the amazing birding from the day before, was not nearly as great a day, bird-wise, than yesterday. There were only six new species for the trip, though five of them were life birds.

The day started out with a quick breakfast, after which we headed over to the water taxi building to meet up with our kayaking guide, Leane (pronounced Lee Anne). She took us over to the kayak building to...
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Day 1: List

Posted Friday 28th August 2009 at 22:52 by Amurfalcon
Updated Friday 28th August 2009 at 22:57 by Amurfalcon
List:
Trip Number. Species* Life List Number
*According to The Hand Guide to the Birds of New Zealand by Hugh Robertson and Barrie Heather

01. House Sparrow
02. Silvereye 597
03. Common Blackbird
04. Song Thrush
05. Red-billed Gull 598
06. Common Chaffinch
07. Common Starling
08. Paradise Shelduck 599
09. Kelp Gull 600
10. Purple Swamphen 601
11. Rock Pigeon
12. Spur-winged...
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Day 1: Arrival and Abel Tasman National Park

Posted Friday 28th August 2009 at 22:50 by Amurfalcon
Updated Friday 28th August 2009 at 22:57 by Amurfalcon (Misspelling)
Part I.
Wow, what a day: twenty life birds between 9:30 in the morning and 2:00 in the afternoon, with four more after that. Starting the day with a life list of 596, I well surpassed 600; actually, I broke 600 birds before we were more than three minutes from the airport. It was, if not the best, certainly one of the best days of birding, life bird wise, I have ever had.

The plane from San Francisco touched down in Auckland at around 4:50 in the morning, local time. Of course,...
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8/27/09 - Upper Waiakea Forest Reserve, Diagonal Northeast Trail

Posted Friday 28th August 2009 at 06:57 by bkrownd
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I felt like hell this morning for no apparent reason. The forecast was fairly rainy, so I wasn't expecting to do any big adventure, but it was actually fairly dry all day. I went up Stainback to the diagonal northeast trail to monitor hunting and pig disturbance, check my rare plants, and explore another new area. Got going at 10:30AM. Got back to the car at 7PM under the sunset and moonlight.

After checking some of the rare plants that the hunters recently hacked their nasty...
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Safari digiscoping in Africa

Posted Thursday 27th August 2009 at 17:27 by Dale Forbes
Hi All, I have just spent the last couple of months in southern africa and taken huge numbers of digiscoping photographs.

I have posted some photos on my regular blog, including ones on leopards, cheetah and lots of birds.

Following this link to my Alpine Birds blog will show you all the posts I have posted on the trip.

Happy birding
Dale
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