Birds of New Zealand

These are a few of the pictures -- most are not processed yet -- from a very enjoyable Tropical Birding tour to New Zealand in January 2011 (see full trip report). We had a lot of rainy weather but still managed to see many endemics. New Zealand is a truly magical place.

Many of the pictures are from two excellent pelagics.

The pictures are copyrighted and should not be used without permission.


Yellow-eyed penguin

Salvin's albatross

Royal albatross

Wandering albatross

Cook's petrel

Parkinson's (Black) petrel

Fairy prion

Flesh-footed shearwater

Fluttering shearwater

New Zealand storm-petrel

White-faced storm-petrel

Australasian gannet

Weka

Takahe (This is Greg, a long-time resident of Tiritiri Matangi. He and the other, wilder Takahes were transported here too recently to be "countable", we reluctantly decided. Hint: When around Greg, keep your lunch well out of reach!)

Variable oystercatcher

Wrybill (note the bent bill)

White-fronted tern

New Zealand Kaka

New Zealand bellbird

Tui

Saddleback on Tiritiri Matangi

Stitchbird on Tiritiri Matangi (Introduced relatively recently and dependent on people, this bird -- we reluctantly decided -- is not countable. But it was a priviledge to see it!)

Australian magpie

Whitehead (not a good picture, but a bona fide wild bird, seen in a remote valley on the North Island.)

Tomtit

New Zealand robin

California quail (one of many introduced species)


Our bird pictures from around the world follow standard ecozones approximately but not exactly:

Birds from the USA and Canada:   our house, Texas, California, Hawaii, Canada,

Neotropic birds from Central America and the Caribbean:   Honduras, Costa Rica, Panama, Trinidad and Tobago

Neotropic birds from South America:   Ecuador, Brazil.

Western palearctic birds:   Europe: Germany, Finland, Norway, Europe: United Kingdom, Europe: Spain, the Canary Islands, Europe: Lesbos, Greece, Israel

Eastern palearctic birds:   China

Birds from Africa:   The Gambia, South Africa

Indo-Malayan birds from   India: North-west (Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand) India: North-east (Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Meghalaya)India: Central (Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh)

Birds from   Australia, New Zealand.


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