NZ Native Birds

DOC seeks sightings of rare kakī / black stilt October 2016

Above left: One of the pair of black stilt/kakī that were recently sighted – the left bird is the more common pied stilt. Photo credit DOC This is pretty exciting and it rather amazes me that these birds have crossed the Southern Alps at presumably their highest point across Aoraki Mt Cook National Park, flying…

Capable of flying at speeds over 100 km/h and catching prey larger than itself, the falcon / kārearea is one of New Zealand’s most spectacular birds.

The photos in the gallery below are extensively captioned, so if you’d like to read more of “their”  falcon story, click on any one of them, and please feel free to leave a comment or ask a question. All photos by Southern Light..

The New Zealand whitebait season | A real and delicious Kiwiana experience

Some thoughts on the New Zealand whitebait, sea gulls and the health of our rivers – their habitat… Last week en-route to visiting family in South Canterbury I stopped off at a few east coast beaches, and in one instance walked to the mouth of the Waitaki River to look at what was present in…

Birds of Matukituki Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park

This collection of kea, south island robin, falcon, fantail and yellow breasted tom tit live in the Matukituki Valley, Mt Aspiring National Park, and are being helped by the NZ Dept of Conservation and the Matukituki Charitable Trust   Poem in the Matukituki Valley – James K. Baxter Some few yards from the hut the standing beeches Let…