visit to Australia and New Zealand.

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Subject: visit to Australia and New Zealand.
From: scott butcher <>
Date: Sun, 11 Jan 2009 01:24:28 +0000
Being originally from CHCH nd now based in Sydney, I can recommend CHCH for a 
number of NZ endemics. You should be able to pick up Wrybill, Black-fronted 
Tern, Black-billed Gull and South Island Pied on the Waimakariri River just 
north of Christchurch, although many of these species may have moved off the 
river and could be at the Avon Heathcote Estuary by the time you arrive. South 
Island Tomtit, Rifleman, Kereru, Grey Warbler and Brown Creeper can be found on 
Banks Peninsula again very close to CHCH. I would suggest Hinewai Reserve 
behind akaroa. Of this group rifleman would be the hardest to get here. 
Variable Oystercatcher and South Island Oysterctacher should be easy to pick up 
at the Avon-Heathcote estuary in Christchurch City itself. There are often a 
number of other rarities around, so either ring the local Ornithological 
Society of New Zealand contact (should be in the phone book) or you can ring 
Christchurch City Council and speak to Andrew Crossland he can give you some 
local advice on whats about and where.

Scott                      > From: > To: ; 
> Date: Sat, 10 Jan 2009 22:14:40 +1100> Subject: 
visit to Australia and New Zealand.> > I also often do the sunrise to 9am 
thing. If you're coming in Autumn, that doesn't give you much time - sunrise on 
March 1 in Melbourne is 7.05am and of course it just gets worse as winter 
approaches, although you gain an hour when daylight saving finishes (end of 
March?). I assume therefore that you won't want to be wasting much time 
travelling to sites, so we'd need to know where you'd be staying in order to 
recommend close spots. Can I assume that a close birding location with 
reasonable birding beats a distant but excellent location?> > Peter Shute> > 
  On Behalf 
Of tom rauch > Sent: Saturday, 10 January 2009 1:57 AM> 
To: > Subject: [Birding-Aus] visit to Australia and 
New Zealand.> > My wife and I are visiting this spring (your fall). We will be 
in Tasmania (4days), Melbourne (4days), Sydney (5days) and Cairns/Port Douglas 
(7days). I am not a birding fanatic but like to see as many species as possible 
in each place we visit on our trips. Our itinerary does not allow for a full 
day of birding in each location; my wife sleeps in until about 9:00am so most 
of my birding is on the fly from sunrise until 8:30 or 9:00.> > I'm looking for 
some local "hot spots" (parks, lakes, marshes, etc) that I can hit for a few 
hours in the mornings, either alone or with some one who knows the ropes.> > We 
are also spending 3 weeks in New Zealand, driving from the south end of the 
South Island to north end of the North Island. We have a little more time to 
explore but my birding would basically be the same as above. If anyone has 
contacts or site information for New Zealand, please advise.>>> > To unsubscribe from 
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