Australasian 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

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Albatrosses

Black-Browed Albatross

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Buller’s Albatross

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Campbell Albatross

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Light -mantled Sooty Albatross

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Grey-Headed Albatross

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Petrels and Shearwaters

Buller’s Shearwater [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”176″ gal_title=”Shearwater”] [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”178″ gal_title=”Bullers Shearwater”] Fluttering Shearwater [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”180″ gal_title=”Fluttering Shearwater”] Flesh-footed Shearwater [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”183″ gal_title=”Flesh-footed Shearwater”] [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”185″ gal_title=”flesh-footed Shearwater-2″]

Petrels

Southern Giant Petrel and Northern Giant Petrels [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”187″ gal_title=”Petrels”] Magenta petrel or Taiko [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”190″ gal_title=”Magenta petrel or Taiko”] Chatham Island Petrel [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”192″ gal_title=”Chatham Island Petrel”] Cape Petrel [Best_Wordpress_Gallery id=”196″ gal_title=”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.

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