Wonderful birds of NZ

I have seen so many wonderful birds in New Zealand in my first few days here: Australasian harriers, kingfishers, three different species of shearwater, storm petrels walking on the water, a couple of blue penguins out at sea,  and yesterday my first fantail. I haven’t managed to capture all of them on camera (harriers and kingfisher seen whilst driving!) but here are a few of those that I have. 

Fluttering shearwater
Storm petrel, or JC bird’ walking on water!
Pukeko
Pukeko (purple swamp hen) & chick
Weka
Hmm. Is this a young dunnock? If not, then what?
Spur-winged plover
Australasian black backed gull
Pied shag roosting
Australasian gannet
Blue penguin
Pied shag
Pied oystercatcher
Pied oystercatchers
Variable oystercatcher
Red billed gull
Myna bird

5 thoughts on “Wonderful birds of NZ

  1. Patricia Malcolm February 12, 2017 / 1:24 am

    Your antipodean bird ID skills have dazzled me :-*

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    • chocoholix February 12, 2017 / 2:00 am

      My sister has a very good field guide luckily!

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  2. Sarah February 17, 2017 / 1:40 pm

    Interesting to see how similar they are to birds we see in the UK. They show what an interconnected world we live in

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    • chocoholix February 18, 2017 / 7:18 am

      Yes, but with tiny differences like the red billed gull or the white faced heron! I was struck by the big fuss made over the UKs first ever purple swamphen sighting last year – here the pukekos are just crossing the road outside the house all the time!

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