A long break since my last tick, in which time I've enjoyed an amazing week of birding in Stewart Island, followed by virtually non-stop work and study, though I have had time to make a small number of birding excursions, finally resulting in another year tick!
March 15th, Harts Creek, Lake...
I made the long journey to Hawdon Valley this weekend, where I enjoyed a beautiful tramp up to Hawdon Shelter. My main target was Yellowhead, a species I have never seen, but sadly I missed them. I will be back when I can!
Meanwhile, I did manage a trio of nice year ticks:
February 7th, Hawdon...
A fantastic day of walking in the hilly forests of the Banks Peninsula, and a few new birds from it!
January 23, Hinewai Reserve, Banks Peninsula
The Banks Peninsula is the last refuge for these species (along with Morepork and NZ Falcon, though these...
January 15th, Travis Wetlands, Christchurch
64. Greylag Goose
January 16th, Harts Creek, Lake Ellesmere
65. Mute Swan
66. Wild Turkey
Today was fairly frustrating overall, as I walked about 15km searching for the Grey-tailed Tattler and Pectoral Sandpipers along the shoreline of Lake Ellesmere...
I sadly ran out of time to get to Ellesmere before work today, but I got a couple of additions at a wetland in Christchurch:
January 11th, Roto Kohatu, Christchurch
60. Eurasian Coot
61. Great Crested Grebe
I’ve decided to set myself the challenge of a year list for Canterbury, New Zealand this year. I’ve sadly got limited time for birding this year around work and studying, but let’s see what I can get to! 100 might be unrealistic, but I’ll have that as my aim for now.