Hi Paul and others,
Yes this White-necked heron was spotted on
the 24th Jan and put over BIRDING-NZ on the 25th. This could well be the bird that was
discovered in Hokitika (on the West Coast of the South Island) on 23 June 2002, New Zealand’s 4th accepted record of the species. The bird was last seen on 18 July 2002, and had not been seen since.
However, a bird has been sporadically reported from the greater Auckland
area on several occasions before and since Xmas, but has not been quite as
obliging as the Hokitika bird which stayed within almost the same paddock for
the entire time it was present in that area.
In light of the terrible drought currently
gripping much of Australia, we have been rather surprised at the lack of Australian vagrants
being reported. A black-tailed
native hen discovered near Ashburton (on the east
coast of the South Island, south of Christchurch) on 9 August 2002, and
present for at least a month or more, has been the only other Oz vagrant of
note, other than a one day red-necked avocet reported by Department of
Eco-Vista: Photography & Reasearch + Wrybill Birding Tours
[ On Behalf Of Paul C. Hackett
Sent: Tuesday, 28 January 2003
To: Birding Aus
White-necked Heron in New Zealand
I have heard that a
White-necked Heron has turned up in New Zealand. The bird has been sighted in
Otago, app. 90km north of Dunedin on the south island.