I've just realised my Blogger app failed to post my last thing, which is my excuse for the delay. Not only that, but school has been in full swing and I have had very little time to actually go anywhere interesting. After an almost fruitless holiday yielding one lifer (Helmeted Guineafowl at Taitua Arboretum), I had given up hope on birding over this break. Thankfully, on Monday the 1st of April, Mum was kind enough to take me and my (non-birder) brother to Maungatautari on our teacher only day. So for most of the morning we were walking around in restored native bush inside a predator-proof fence. Despite the relatively late start of 9:30am, the bird life was still pretty good, with tomtits and robins abundant, plenty of stitchbirds that refused to be seen, and a few kaka. My highlights were about 5 saddlebacks in the canopy, which was a new bird for the year, and a falcon duelling with a flock of introduced magpies over the forest. This visit brings my Maunga life list to 27.
|A very confiding robin - this was the only usable photo due to lighting|
Also, expect a post on the Ngaruawahia Oxidation Ponds, which was the one which failed to send.