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Creeping Comfrey Symphytum grandiflorum

Observer

steveattwood

Date

October 6, 2016 11:59 AM NZDT

Description

woodland shade plant, under a mix of native and introduced trees at Harts Creek

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White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus

Observer

steveattwood

Date

September 24, 2016 12:31 PM NZST

Description

Two white-winged tern in breeding plumage are associating with a flock of black-fronted tern on the Ashley River close to Rangiora. The black-fronted tern are in pre-nesting behaviour and seem likely they will nest at this site. It is not known if the two White-winged tern are opposite gender.

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Australasian Bittern Botaurus poiciloptilus

Observer

steveattwood

Date

August 29, 2016 10:47 AM NZST

Description

This lone bittern was in a small tidal creek on the farmland side of Dry Road toward the southern end of Whanganui Inlet

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White-winged Tern Chlidonias leucopterus

Observer

steveattwood

Date

August 22, 2016 02:07 PM NZST

Description

A white-winged black tern at Ashley Estuary, Canterbury, New Zealand. I was unable to work out if this was a bird transitioning into its breeding plumage, or out of it. A very uncommon visitor noted in the midst of a flock of black-fronted tern

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New Zealand Fur Seal Arctocephalus forsteri

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 19, 2016

Place

Picton (Google, OSM)

Description

Several fur seal throughout the Picton Harbour area including this one pictured underwater from above.

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Australasian Gannet Morus serrator

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 20, 2016

Place

Picton (Google, OSM)

Description

Approximately eight takapu (Australasian gannet) were diving on a small shoal of fish in the Picton Harbour.

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South Island Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa ssp. fuliginosa

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 20, 2016

Place

Blenheim (Google, OSM)

Description

A friend of mine has a marvelous native garden in his small section in the heart of Blenheim. It is visited by fantail,bellbird,silvereye,grey warbler, kingfisher,kereru and the occasional tui.
This fantail pictured was singing it's territorial "here I am" song so intently it allowed an extremely close approach.

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South Island Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa ssp. fuliginosa

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 20, 2016

Description

A visit to the Taylor Dam, Blenheim revealed a surprisingly high proportion of black morph fantails, six out of 12 birds seen.

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South Island Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa ssp. fuliginosa

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 19, 2016

Description

Observed five black morph fantails on my short trip to Kaipupu Eco Sanctuary in Picton.

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South Island Fantail Rhipidura fuliginosa ssp. fuliginosa

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 19, 2016

Description

Good numbers of piwakawaka (fantail) seen on this short visit to this small eco sanctuary (both pied morph and black morph)

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White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 18, 2016

Description

A sizeable flock of white-faced heron (approx 20 birds) were working the high tide debris along the shore of the Kaikoura Peninsula.

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Spotted Shag Phalacrocorax punctatus

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 18, 2016

Description

Photographed on the shores of Kaikoura Pensinsula, the adults seemed to be just entering their moult into breeding plumage.

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Cape Barren Goose Cereopsis novaehollandiae

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 17, 2016

Description

This flock of Cape Barren geese seem to be domesticated or recently feral. They are consistently found in this area but changes in land ownership in the area suggest the birds are fending for themselves now even if they were originally a domestic released flock

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Australasian Harrier Circus approximans

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 17, 2016

Description

The Otukaikino Reserve seems to support at least two pair of resident kahu.

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Grey Warbler Gerygone igata

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 17, 2016

Description

Otukaikino Reserve seems able to sustain a wide variety of native birds in spite of its location (alongside a motorway) and small size.

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Kotuku Ardea alba ssp. modesta

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 14, 2016

Description

Ashley is a regular wintering over site for kotuku, usually at least one, but occasionally two or three.

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Banded Dotterel Charadrius bicinctus

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 14, 2016

Description

The Ashley is home to a number of wintering over banded dotterel. What's not easy to tell is if they are year-round resident birds or immigrants from rivers further inland.

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Black Stilt Himantopus novaezelandiae

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 14, 2016

Description

This is BKOR/BKY, a female that has visited Ashley Estuary in winter, to my knowledge, three years in a row.

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Kotuku Ardea alba ssp. modesta

Observer

steveattwood

Date

May 14, 2016

Description

Without leg bands its hard to tell but I am fairly sure this is the same kotuku that comes to the Ashley each winter. usually it is active in the shallow tidal backwaters but on this occasion it was actively fishing in the actual river before it entered the estuary, chasing small fish in the shallows as opposed to the usual quiet stalk and stab.

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White-fronted Tern Sterna striata

Observer

steveattwood

Date

February 14, 2016

Description

Large flocks of tara gather at the Ashley Estuary, especially for the Autumn and winter months. This particular flock I estimated to be more than 500 birds. Mix of adults and juveniles, plus some black-fronted tern mixed in.

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Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia

Observer

steveattwood

Date

March 13, 2016

Description

A flock of some 60 to 80 spoonbill on the shores of Lake Ellesmere. Some birds were roosting on a small island, others busy feeding. Mix of adults and juveniles present.

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Banded Dotterel Charadrius bicinctus

Observer

steveattwood

Date

March 25, 2016

Description

This proved an interesting behavioural observation. In a small flock there was a mix of adults (males and females in non-breeding plumage) and juveniles. Interestingly one of the juveniles was behaving like a territorial male toward a mature male, constantly harassing it and at times actually flying at it and attacking it as pictured in one of these photos.

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Variable Oystercatcher Haematopus unicolor

Observer

steveattwood

Date

March 25, 2016

Description

The Ashley Estuary is always a good place to see variable oystercatcher. There is a large resident population with birds in all colour morphs, black, pied and mottled. Ornithological records also suggest the estuary is a site where hybridisation with South Island Pied Oystercatcher occurs and, indeed, some observed birds have displayed plumage patterns typical of both species, making identification of mottled birds, especially, occasionally problematic.

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Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia

Observer

steveattwood

Date

March 25, 2016

Description

A series of photos capturing various flight positions of a hunting taranui from swift flight to a near stall/hover

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Masked Lapwing Vanellus miles

Observer

steveattwood

Date

March 25, 2016

Description

The numbers of masked lapwing seem to be on the increase at the Ashley Estuary. Going through my observation notes of the last four years I note a gradual increase in numbers observed over an average of one visit per month in that period.

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Black Stilt Himantopus novaezelandiae

Observer

steveattwood

Date

March 25, 2016

Description

This kaki was associating strongly with what at first glance seems like a pied stilt juvenile, but the kaki was behaving quite protectively toward the younger bird, making me wonder if in fact the juvenile is a hybrid?

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Pied Stilt Himantopus leucocephalus

Observer

steveattwood

Date

March 25, 2016

Description

This bird looks like your average pied stilt juvenile, however it was associating with a black stilt which seemed quite protective of it. So it is possible I should change my identification to pied/black stilt hybrid.

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Silvereye Zosterops lateralis

Observer

steveattwood

Date

April 28, 2016

Description

A tauhou feeding on the fruit of Ti Kouka.

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Australasian Shoveler Spatula rhynchotis

Observer

steveattwood

Date

April 24, 2016

Description

I have observed this lone pair in the Christchurch Botanic Gardens for five years. It seems never to have been joined by other shovelers.

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Kereru Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

Observer

steveattwood

Date

April 24, 2016

Description

This bird was observed roosting in a tree beside one of Christchurch Botanic Garden's ponds but then flew down to a branch barely above the water to take a drink

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