Saturday, March 11, 2017

New Zealand Birds

Here are some of the common garden birds that I catch with handphone during my recent visit to New Zealand North Island.
 Black-billed gull, Mallard, Brown teal, at Lake Taupo
Mallard, and Brown teal  at Waiteti stream
Grey duck
on the opposite side river of the bank I saw a black bird, to far for my handphone camera
 I search and found the name. download this from Wikipedia  - Eurasian blackbird, pic by Juan Emilio
Photograph  of the Swamp Harrier (Circus approximans) below credit to Oscar Thomas, young birder from Auckland.
I encountered a Bird of Prey (possibly a Swamp Harrier) eating a road kill while driving a plantation road. The bird flew away when approached, and I didn't have any chance to take a photo.
The bird of prey from the website Young Birders New Zealand,  matching the bird that I saw that day..
I got a permission to use the bird photo here, in my not for profit blog from Mr. George Hobson, Coordinator of the Young Birders New Zealand. TQ.
at Auckland park -Southern black-backed gull,  Immature (below)
Waterbirds - Variable oystercatcher, Pacific gull, Brown teal (duck),  at the Coromandel Peninsular, Tararu  beach coastal road
Pukeo - Australasian swamp-hen
 Fan-tail and Kiwi birds at Wai-O-Tapu souvenir shop
I bough this metal plaque from a Chinese souvenir shop at the Queen Street, Auckland.
Kiwi, Takahe, Kokako, Kea, Morepork, Fantail
New Zealand is an expensive place to visit. With Malaysia Ringgit falls in recent months, the exchange rate last week at 1NZD = 3.1 MYR. Their GST is 15%. The petrol prices  vary from place to place.