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Massive storm on Stewart Island. Torrential rain, high winds, and rough sea. First two days birding consisted of watching from the safety and relative comfort of my hotel room. I became familiar with
3 Variable Oyster-catchers, and numerous Black-billed gulls that claimed the foreshore as their own. It was actually quite intriguing watching them over an extended period.
When the weather improved, I went to Ulva Island and had a good hike around. Generally, on Ulva Island and on the main island, I think the birds were still shell-shocked from the storm. Certainly, on the main island, I did not see /hear the considerable birdlife that I had remembered from our visit about 20 yrs ago.
On Ulva I saw Saddleback, Kaka, Bellbird Tui, Kereru, South Island Robin, South Island Tomtit, Pied Fantail and Black Fantail, Parakeets, ( but not sufficient time to identify whether they were red or yellow crowned) Weka, and a pair of Variable Oystercatchers on the beach beside the jetty. Apparently, this was their territory, and where they bred each year. I heard a rifleman but just missed seeing it. It was seen by two other people who were also present with me.
Barbara Lovatt, R&R, Wairarapa, OSNZ, July, 2007
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