Quick successful trip to NZ for 'wild' Kiwi, Blue Duck and Wrybill

Subject: Quick successful trip to NZ for 'wild' Kiwi, Blue Duck and Wrybill
From: Deb Colbourne <>
Date: Wed, 2 Jun 2010 22:51:47 -0700 (PDT)
Hi All,

Just a quick one if anyone is planning to head to the NZ. We had unfinished 
business from a previous trip when we tried to get over to Kapiti Island to 
look for Little Spotted Kiwi. We were luckier this time and had two glorious 
days there staying at the Kapiti Lodge. Beautiful spot, well run. We had 
excellent views of Kiwi whilst spotlighting. Other highlights on the island 
were Takahe, Weka, Stitchbird, Saddleback, Kokako heard but not seen.

Second highlight was a pair of Blue Duck up near the Blue Duck 
Lodge, Whakahoro. The owners run a tourism operation but are passionate 
conservationists and are doing considerable works to control predators on the 
river. They kindly gave us directions to the best places to look after having 
hung off a few bridges on the way up. Excellent views at the top of a small 

Third highlight were the Wrybills at Miranda. We had luck with the tides and a 
scope is recommended. The obs. hires them out. We got there at dusk opposite 
the obs. and had poor views of a couple on a small lagoon. The following 
morning we headed out at dawn to the roost but they were just that little too 
far out to get good views. However, on driving along the beach road we spotted 
some close in feeding on the falling tide and had excellent views, along with 
NZ Dotterel and several other waders (as well as excellent fish and chips!)



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