North Island New Zealand January 2011

There are many familiar birds in gardens that are instantly recognisable by UK visitors: Blackbird, Starling, Song Thrush, Chaffinch, Goldfinch, Yellowhammer, Skylark and House Sparrow seen.


Black-billed Gull

Dominican or Black-backed Gull

Red-billed Gull



being attacked by a Fantail who has young nearby


Grey-faced Petrel

Male House Sparrows with very large areas of black on the breast

Indian Mynah (Introduced)


Little Shag (Cormorant)


Mallard in flight

New Zealand Pigeon

Australasian Gannett

Pied Shag (Cormorant) with Black Swans


White-faced Heron


New Zealand Scaup

Song Thrush

Spur-winged Plover

Purple Swamphen (Pukeko))


Variable Oystercatcher

Welcome Swallow