RFI NZ South Island

To: "'David Cook'" <>, "'Canberra Birds'" <>
Subject: RFI NZ South Island
From: "Phyl Goddard" <>
Date: Wed, 22 Jun 2005 20:31:46 +1000

David and Kathy – I have a lovely memory of an evening trip on Stewart Island, going by boat across to Paterson Inlet and waiting on the beach in the dark until Brown Kiwi emerged from the scrub to feed.  They eat tiny creatures among the washed-up seaweed.  I think there were Yellow-eyed Penguins around there too.


On the mainland we put in at uninhabited Motuara Island in Queen Charlotte Sound and saw one Saddleback – and there weren’t many of those left.  None on the mainland.  Also Black Stilt somewhere near Twizel, I think it was a reserve for this very endangered species.  It was in the tussocklands of the Mackenzie Basin – sorry I can’t be more specific but the visit was in 1996!


Cheers, Phyl


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From: David Cook [
Sent: Monday, 20 June 2005 7:28 PM
To: Canberra Birds
Subject: [canberrabirds] RFI NZ South Island


Kathy and I will be visiting NZs South Island in end Nov/early Dec this year and are looking for birdy things to do for a week or so. We're thinking of visiting Stewart Island, as well as the Royal Albatross colony at Dunedin, and Milford Sound.


If anyone has any particularly memorable experiences or must-see places or trips, could you please let me (or the list) know?




David Cook

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