Bird Watching

First Fairy Tern Nest producing in Waipu

Fairy Tern Wardens

Please watch your dogs, and keep your cats inside at night… Vivienne Lepper is the Fairy Tern Ranger that works at DOC. She has just shared the news that Waipu has their first fairy tern nest for the 2015/2016 breeding season! Given that there are only 40 fairy terns left, (NZs most endangered bird), its…

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The Godwits are Due Back – who will be first to see them?

The Bream Bay News reports that the arrival of approximately 3,000 bar tailed godwits in Bream Bay is imminent. Bird Watcher Simon Ellison said he expects the flocks to arrive at around September 13, give or take a few days. The birds arrive exhausted after their non-stop flight from their breeding grounds in Alaska. Dog…

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First Kiwi Eggs in Brynderwyns

For the first time in almost 50 years eggs have been laid in the Brynderwyn ranges. Back in April fourteen Northland brown kiwi raised on Motuora Island were released at Marunui Conservation, a private property on the south side of the Brynderwyn Hills with 423ha of indigenous forest managed for conservation purposes. Since then the…

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Kayaking the Ruakaka Estuary

October Long Weekend – a big high was predicted, and a morning high tide – perfect conditions for a paddle in the Ruakaka Estuary and wildlife reserve.  Simon Ellison lives in a small cottage on the estuary in Princes St.  From this location he hires kayaks, we rang him and made sure he had a…

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