I knew I was going to regret not bringing a long lens for the trip. I was pretty sure I will see many birds and will not be able to take any decent shots of them.
My fear came true on the very first day that we went to the Auckland Botanic Garden. Everywhere we could hear the chirping of birds and we spotted many too. With a zoom of 28 – 70 mm, getting a decent photo was going to be tough 🙁
The first bird we spotted was a beautiful parrot/rooster like bird that ran across the field. This drastically cropped blurry shot was the best I could managed of this Eastern Rosella. This is what I called a FT. A non-native bird from Australia which apparently has since managed to do well in NZ.
But I was more lucky with the next 2 birds at the garden. Somehow they landed near enough for me to shoot off a continuous burst and volia:
Both are native birds of NZ. I was able to spot the Tui at several locations subsequently and took more photos of them.
On a visit to see the Glow Worms at Waitomo, there were plenty of this little Fantail flying around. Unfortunately all I managed was this rather “blurred” shot of one of them.
I first spotted this Pukeko at the Sulphur Beach and subsequently at the Otorohanga Kiwi House. But I hit pay dirt at Hamilton Lake where there was a large flock of ducks and Pukeko and even an Australian Coot!
Ducks gathering around us as we had duck food with us.
But the best was on our 2nd last day and we were at Army Bay and the Shakespear Regional Park. Beside the seagulls which were everywhere, there were some good finds.
The highlight has to be this extremely rare Dotterel which had a breeding nest nearby and became very agitated when we went too near.
There was also an Oyster Catcher with a nest nearby and it was making a lot of noise to try to scare us off
In the parks there were other birds like these strange looking California quail. Now how did the California birds end up in NZ?
And unlike Singapore, Sparrow seems to be doing well in NZ and they can be found everywhere.
More birds at the Otorohanga Kiwi House here