A pair of New Zealand Scaup.
Quite a long drive this morning from Whitianga to Turangi. our first stop was a small wetland by the roadside which produced amazing views of New Zealand Scaup.
Pureora Forest Park: a large tract of indigenous forest
New Zealand Kaka
Yellow crowned Parakeet
New Zealand Pigeon
One of the best pigeons around.
Long - tailed Cuckoo
North Island Robin
The river at Turangi.
The fantastic Blue Duck
We then carried on to Turangi & birded the beautiful river there, right in the town. Almost immediately we found a pair of Blue Duck feeding in the fast flowing river. We all enjoyed prolonged & reasonable close views of this enigmatic species.
We then visited a wetland area looking for Australasian Bittern. Heard at least three birds booming but no sightings. Had a great Chinese meal in a local restaurant.