Mount Vernon Valley 16-10-17

We saw a few yellowhammers today, but unfortunately I was not able to get any closer with the camera before they flew away.  Nature Watch confirmed the ID.

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2 yellowhammers

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perching yellowhammer

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Upcoming: Mt Vernon Valley

Where: Mt Vernon Valley, meeting at the end of Hillsborough Tce (see maps below)

When: Monday 16 October 2017, 10 am until about 12.

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On this occasion we will walk a little way up the valley floor and explore the waterway, as well as the adjacent hillsides.

Our meeting location is marked with a purple pin on the maps below:

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Suggestions on what to bring:

  • Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear, hats etc.)
  • Any food or drink you might want
  • Camera
  • Notebook and pencil(s)
  • Observation containers
  • Identification books/apps
  • Magnifying glass
  • Collecting net
  • Binoculars
  • Suggestions for other locations to visit
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Sign of the Bellbird 25-09-17

During a short hike we saw some great bird life, and also enjoyed the view from the top of the hill near Sign of the Bellbird.

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a cheeky fantail

NZwoodpigeon

New Zealand wood pigeon

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climbing the hill

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city-side scenery

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sea side of the Port Hills

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Otukaikino Stream and the Waimakariri River 11-09-17

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little shag

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little shag

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hunting…

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preening by the pidgeons

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welcome swallow

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Upcoming: Sign of the Bellbird

Where: Sign of the Bellbird, Port Hills (see maps below)
When: Monday 25 September 2017, 10 am until about 12

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There is native bush to explore at this site. Our meeting location is marked with a red pin on the maps below:

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Suggestions on what to bring:
* Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear, hats etc.)
* Any food or drink you might want
* Camera
* Notebook and pencil(s)
* Observation containers
* Identification books/apps
* Magnifying glass
* Collecting net
* Binoculars
* Suggestions for other locations to visit

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Upcoming: Ilam Gardens

Where: Ilam Gardens, near the University of Canterbury Club (see maps below)
When: Monday 18 September 2017, 10 am until about 12

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The gardens include azaleas, rhododendrons, spring bulbs and native plants. And associated critters. There are also waterways.

Our meeting location is marked with a red pin on the maps below:

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Suggestions on what to bring:
* Sensible clothing (sturdy footwear, hats etc.)
* Any food or drink you might want
* Camera
* Notebook and pencil(s)
* Observation containers
* Identification books/apps
* Magnifying glass
* Collecting net
* Binoculars
* Suggestions for other locations to visit

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Westlake Reserve 28-08-17

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black swans

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unknown, but artsy

coot

eurasian coot

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coot and black billed seagull

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little shag

muscovy-scaup

muscovy, scaup

shovler-mallard

australasian shoveler, female mallard

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welcome swallow

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welcome swallow in flight

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another welcome swallow

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