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


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


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.)


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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