Bird sightings are welcome – email Paul on email@example.com to report wild birds. We are not involved with caged birds.
Species of birds included Cook’s Petrel, Little Shearwater, Fluttering Shearwater, Grey-faced Petrel and Fairy Prion. Many of these species were unusual for the area, but came ashore by various reasons. Thanks to Craig Symes for the photos.Read More
Key to species. E= endemic (nowhere else in the world). N= Native (naturally here). I = Introduced by man Land birds: [35 species] White-faced Heron [N] Cattle Egret (one record, 2000s) [N] Reef Heron [N] Black Swan [I] Paradise Shelduck [E] Mallard [I] Australasian Harrier [N] New Zealand Falcon [E] California Quail (breeding) [I] Pheasant […]Read More
A newly-recorded species of petrel for Mauao was ashore in Pilot Bay in January and was released with 13 other Grey-faced Petrels on 4th January. What was originally identified by the vets as a “shearwater” was in fact a petrel species the experts are still trying to identify. Paul Cuming suggested Cook’s Petrel. Other experts […]Read More
Our target of banding 30 chicks was achieved this year – we banded exactly 30! Another 15 were banded and released on the Mauao “G” Colony that had been handed in to the vets from various locations, so we don’t exactly know where they came from. So 45 chicks this year is a “good” year. […]Read More
During Sea Week we were lucky to have Julia Graham spot a Siberian Tattler amongst the rocks. Living up to it’s name, this bird breeds in Siberia and makes its way down to New Zealand for our Summer. Many birders came to see the bird but it was our own trustee Sandi van Leeuwen who […]Read More