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The most wonderful thing about Akaroa are the bellbirds. There are no Tuis to bully them so the bellbirds just run riot.
We stayed at Akaroa for Xmas 2005, rented a cottage up one of the valleys, Rue Grehan, within walking distance of the village. There was a stream running through the property which attracted a haka of fantails and even a black fantail as well. Kereru were flopping into the trees and doing their display flight. As I walked into the village every morning, fledgling bellbirds were everywhere, redpolls, california quail. The boat trip yielded terns and shags and a few late fledgling spotted shags in one of their shaggeries near the harbour entrance. I didn't see any penguins.
Spent some time around Lake Ellesmere which is on the way from Christchurch but didn't see a lot, I think because we didn't quite know where to go. A recent report indicates that wrybill, banded dotterels and pied stilts may be seen in Birdlings Lagoon; knots, tern, and wrybill at Kaitorete Spit tip; and migratory waders between Greenpark Huts and Clarks Road.
- Narena Olliver, 2005
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