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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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Hinewai: the most engaging, inspiring and entertaining nature reserve we’ve ever been to

One of our favourite wild places since arriving on South Island is a nature reserve called Hinewai, which is tucked away in a tranquil valley right on the end of the beautiful Banks Peninsula. Although really only a short (but steep) … Continue reading

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Saturday Seawatch kicks off in Kaikoura

We’ve been loving Kaikoura’s spectacular seabirds and other marine life so much, we’ve recently started a new weekly event to celebrate it – Saturday Seawatch! Kaikoura is a star attraction on the NZ birding map because of its exceptional range … Continue reading

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All about Oycs

Oystercatchers are among our favourite birds, being among the most charistmatic characters of the Charadriiformes. They occur on most of the world’s coastlines, with 11 living species globally. All belong to the Haematopus genus and are easily recognisable, following the same familiar … Continue reading

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