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Seawatching in Kaikoura

Check out the May 2016 issue of The Wrybill – it features an article about our experiences seabirding in Kaikoura over the last few months. We’ve found Kaikoura to be an exceptionally rewarding seawatching location, thanks to the abundance and … Continue reading

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Where (and when) to watch birds in Kaikoura

We’ve just added a new page all about birding in Kaikoura, to accompany our leaflet Where (and when) to watch birds in Kaikoura. It has plenty of info on the best places for birdwatching in the Kaikoura area, the species … Continue reading

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Hutton’s Heroes: rescuing crash-landed shearwaters

Here in Kaikoura, it’s a scary time to be a juvenile Hutton’s Shearwater: FLEDGING TIME. Life so far has involved snuggling in a burrow high up in the mountains of the Seaward Kaikoura Range, not much to do each day … Continue reading

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Waders of the Kaikoura coast

A couple of weeks ago we gave a talk on Kaikoura’s waders, as part of the summer speaker series organised by the Department of Conservation and hosted by Encounter Kaikoura. For those who missed it, or those wanting to experience … Continue reading

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Kaikoura Wader Watch

  Last weekend was the second international Wader Conservation World Watch, organised by superlative supporters of shorebirds, Rick and Elis Simpson of Wader Quest. So with wader watchers and plover lovers turning out all over the globe in celebration of … Continue reading

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Kia ora Kaikoura: sleepy seals, spectacular seabirds and doting dotterels

We’re based in Kaikoura for the summer, and it’s probably one of the most scenic places on the planet. Snow-capped mountains descend steeply through lush native forest right down to the turquoise waters of the Pacific. The town sits on … Continue reading

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Same same but different: Stickybeak now on South Island

Having recently relocated from Sydney to New Zealand, we are now stickybeaking around the beautiful South Island! (possibly while singing this!) It’s exciting to be exploring a country with such unique and fascinating wildlife, featuring high endemism and iconic bird … Continue reading

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