Ninox novaeseelandiae novaeseelandiae

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Oct 15th, 2012

    South Island Robin

    Petroica australis australis

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Sep 13th, 2012
  • Weka

    Gallirallus australis
    The weka belongs to the rail family, along with the pukeko, takahe, banded rail, spotless crake and marsh crake. They are endemic and divided into four subspecies: North Island weka, Buff weka, Stewart Island weka, and the most widespread, our own Western weka.

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Aug 17th, 2012

    Red-billed gull

    Larus novaehollandiae scopulinus

    Maori names: Tarapunga, akiaki

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Jul 8th, 2012
  • How about giving backyard bird monitoring a go?

    If you would like to participate in Landcare’s National Garden Survey between June 30 and July 8.  Please click the link for details and to access their online survey form.  This is an hour-long survey, so given it is cold outside, you may want to do it from the warmth and comfort of your home looking out a well positioned window.
    National Garden Bird Survey

    By Rick Field on Jul 6th, 2012
  • Pukeko

    Porphyrio porphyrio melanotus

    Aka: Purple Swamphen, Purple gallinule

    Love them or hate them, the pukeko is an iconic New Zealand native, though also found in Australia, Indonesia and Papua New Guinea. 

    By Katherine Chamberlain on May 13th, 2012

    Little Shag

    Phalacrocorax melanoleucos brevirostris

    Maori name: Kawaupuka

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Apr 17th, 2012
  • White-faced heron

    Aka: blue heron, blue crane

    Ardea novaehollandiae 

    White-faced heron were occasional visitors to New Zealand from Australia throughout the early 20th century.  In the late 1930’s through the 1940’s Australia experienced severe droughts.  It is perhaps for this reason that the white-faced heron arrived here in larger numbers and began to nest here in the late 1940’s. Today they are the most abundant and widespread species of heron in New Zealand. 

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Mar 19th, 2012
  • Bellbird

    Anthornis melanura melanura

    Bellbirds are aptly named for their beautiful voice, similar to that of a tui, though perhaps with a purer tone and less elaborate songs. The Brook Waimarama Sanctuary is a great place to hear them and if you are lucky, you may catch sight of one.  Both sexes are olive green, but the males can be distinguished by having purplish crowns and red eyes while the females have a white stripe under each eye and browner eyes.  

    By Katherine Chamberlain on Jan 13th, 2012

    Pest monitoring – Karen Driver

    Thank you to everyone that helped out for the possum monitoring and for my usual team for regularly getting out there for the pest monitoring, and Jane for analysing the pest monitoring papers each month.


    By Rick Field on Dec 16th, 2011