Wildlifing Update: NZ- Otago Highlands, Lake Paringa, Okarito Lagoon

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Subject: Wildlifing Update: NZ- Otago Highlands, Lake Paringa, Okarito Lagoon
From: Michael Todd <>
Date: Sun, 15 Jan 2006 19:48:00 +1100
Hello all,

I've put up another New Zealand update to my website ( This part covers the Otago Highlands and then Lake Paringa (on the west coast) and the Okarito Lagoon.

Otago Highlands- includes Black Stilt, Wrybill, Banded Dotterel, Black-fronted Tern, Rifleman and Tomtit. At Lake Paringa I photographed Kea feeding on New Zealand Flax- there's a lowland coastal population of Kea here.

The Okarito Lagoon supports the only White Heron (Great Egret) breeding population in New Zealand. The colony only exists on one small stretch of the stream- apparently it is the only place they have ever been known to breed. These White Herons would have to be one of New Zealand's rarest birds. The only access to them is via guided tour- I went in with a couple of friends from the town of Whataroa. Short bus trip, fast speedboat trip down the river and then a slower cruise to a walkway through rainforest/ wetland which lead to an excellent hide opposite the colony.



Michael Todd Wildlifing Images & Sounds of Nature
Latest Additions: New Zealand (Milford Sound- Rockwren, Fiordland Crested 
Toronto, NSW, Australia 04101 23715

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