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New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Kingfisher with crab

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

An endemic Kākāriki, Zealandia Ecosanctuary, Wellington, New Zealand.


Once common throughout New Zealand but now confined only to offshore islands and predator-free sanctuaries. Bright green Kākāriki were introduced to Zealandia from Kapiti Island in 2011 and have thrived in the large predator-free valley. The birds have now started to disperse and have been seen in local suburban gardens.


Fledgling Kākāriki are fed on the ground before they can fly and they are susceptible to introduced mammals such as rats and stoats. Zealandia will close off whole tracks at nesting time to ensure the birds are not disturbed.


Conservation status is At Risk - Relict (small population stabilised after declining).


Today voting opened on the New Zealand Bird of the Year 2021:

The storm brought drama and atmosphere to an already awesome scene. Milford Sound on the West Coast of New Zealand's South Island is an amazing place, and we were lucky with this weather!

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A trusting North Island Robin (Toutouwai) in heavy bush cover, Zealandia Ecosanctuary, Wellington, New Zealand.


In no way related to the European Robin with its orange/red breast the North Island Robin has a pale grey-white lower chest-belly. Restricted to central North Island forests and sanctuaries such as Zealandia, forest clearance for farmland and the introduction of rats and stoats has seen the current conservation status listed as "At Risk-Declining'.


New Zealand has three endemic sub-species of Robin (North Island, South Island and Stewart Island Robins). New Zealand also has an all-black robin or Chatham Island robin (Petroica traversi) an endangered bird from the Chatham Islands off the east coast of New Zealand. There are now around 250 black robins, but in 1980 only five survived. They were saved from extinction by Don Merton and his Wildlife Service team, and by "Old Blue", the last remaining fertile female:


View of Milford Sound

Franz Joseph Glacier

Franz Joseph Glacier

Beautiful clouds in Wanaka lake


New Zealand native Tui feeding on flax flowers

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Paradise, Glenorchy, New Zealand

A New Zealand Robin (North Island sub-species or Toutouwai) on the forest floor at the predator-free Zealandia Ecosanctuary, Wellington, New Zealand. New Zealand has three sub-species of the endemic Robin. The unique banding identifies each bird and periodically sightings are recorded to monitor the birds and the overall population.

One of our picnic lunchtime visitors ...


The colourful yellowhammer is a common inhabitant of open country throughout much of New Zealand. Introduced from Britain by Acclimatisation Societies between 1865 and 1879, it has spread widely, including reaching many off-shore islands. Yellowhammers feed on a variety of seeds and invertebrates. They are frequently seen feeding on the seeds in hay fed to livestock, and also on newly-sown grass seed. Courtesy:


© Dominic Scott 2021

Scenic south West coastline. The fiords of New Zealand are all located in the southwest of the South Island, in a mountainous area known as Fiordland. The spelling 'fiord' is used in New Zealand rather than 'fjord', although all the maritime fiords use the word Sound in their name instead. The Marlborough Sounds, a series of deep indentations in the coastline at the northern tip of the South Island, are in fact drowned river valleys, or rias. The deeply indented coastlines of Northland and Auckland also host many rias, such as the Hokianga and Waitematā Harbours. New Zealand has fifteen named maritime fiords, listed here from northernmost to southernmost. 13770



At Towneley park





Another 'macro' shot of one of the many fantails keeping tabs on us at Cross Hills near Kimbolton.


© Dominic Scott 2021


Early morning along Lake Manapouri.


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Night photography near lake in the South Island

Whilst wandering around Cross Hills Gardens enjoying the last of the autumn, we were continually kept company by some very friendly fantails - this was a shot taken on my macro lens which is what the camera happened to be armed with at the time!


© Dominic Scott 2021


The suburb begins about 7 km east of Tauranga's city centre and stretches for about 16 km along the coast of the Bay of Plenty to the mouth of the Kaituana River in the Pacific Ocean.

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