New Zealand Field Guide
David Billinghurst <>
Wed, 25 Jun 2014 11:34:19 +1000
On 24/06/2014 5:23 PM, Anthony Katon wrote:
My wife and I plan to make a trip to New Zealand this year.
Any recommendations for birding locations.
What field guide should I purchase.
I am far from an expert, but have birded the south island while on work
trips and on a family holiday. There are a few good web sites. Take
the time to visit at least one off-shore sanctuary.
* pelagic cruise out of Kaikoura
* Rotoiti Nature Recovery Project
* Okarito Lagoon, including kiwi spotting tour
* Stewart Island and Ulva Island (and I heard good things about the
Kiwi trip there, but couldn't go)
* Otago Peninsula tour and cruise (Dunedin)
* Plenty of other sites as we drove down the east coast of the south
* Zealandia (Karori) sanctuary in Wellington
We missed a few good sites, but it was a family holiday with birding
For a field guide, we used The Field Guide to the Birds of New Zealand
Paperback by Hugh Robertson and Barrie Heather. Their Hand Book to the
birds of NZ is smaller and lighter. I found Where to Watch Birds in New
Zealand by Kathy Ombler useful, and stayed in some of the bird-friendly
accommodation she suggests. Much nicer to enjoy the dawn chorus in a B&B
just out of town, rather than the roar of heavy vehicles in a motel on
the main drag.
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