New Zealand Birds

Sea Birds 

These are representatives of birds which are seen in New Zealand waters taken by me. They represent some of the tremendous diversity which we are so fortunate to have around us. Please contact me if you need any advice or are planning to visit. I am adding to  this site which will take time as I have so many useful images to share.

Antarctic Tern

 

Antarctic Birds

Albatrosses

Black-Browed Albatross

Black-browed Albatross

 

 

Buller’s Albatross

Buller's Albatross

Campbell Albatross

Campbell Albatross

Light -mantled Sooty Albatross

Light Mantled Sooty Albatross

Grey-Headed Albatross

Grey-headed Albatross

Petrels and Shearwaters

Buller’s Shearwater

Shearwater
Buller's Shearwater

Fluttering Shearwater

Fluttering Shearwater

Flesh-footed Shearwater

Flesh-footed Shearwater
flesh-footed Shearwater-2

Petrels

Southern Giant Petrel and Northern Giant Petrels

Petrels

Magenta petrel or Taiko

Magenta petrel or Taiko

Chatham Island Petrel

Chatham Island Petrel

Cape Petrel

Cape Petrel

Endemic and Native  New Zealand Birds

There are many glorious New Zealand locations where the birdsong and the dawn chorus is truly magnificent. True, there might be a bit of travel to get to some of these places but its worth the journey. On the other hand, Tuis, Bellbirds and Wood Pigeons are often seen in gardens throughout the country. Efforts to rescue critically endangered wildlife have included freeing them on off shore Islands and land “Islands,” fenced from predators.

It’s not surprising that differences exist between North Island, South Island and Chatham Island species. From time to time there are reports of sightings of the extinct hula, and even the South Island Kokako. There are some photos of the North Island Kokako below. Also, the Wood Pigeon of the Chatham Islands is larger and differently hued, not to mention the shags and warbler. The Saddleback is subtley different in the South.

When visitors arrive at Auckland Airport they are greeted to the sound of the forest, as it presumably was millennia ago. There are several gems of places to visit which include Tiri Tiri Matangi Island in the North and Ulva Island in the South. I have casually posted a mix of my photos of NZ birds below in no particular order as a representative sample and to entice the visitor taken from my travels in the country. I am a 4th generation “Kiwi”  following my hobby which takes me everywhere. I am not a twitcher (one who ticks numbers) or a true birder who can sit and share solitude with birds, but a bird photographer. If you are visiting and need advice, please contact me.

I hope you like the photos.

 

New Zealand Birds
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