It’s been an exciting time for bird-lovers in the Tutukaka and Ngunguru area, as the Botaurus poiciloptilus, matuku or Australasian bittern makes itself known again. You may have noticed the bittern’s booming calls echoing across the local wetlands;
Kiwi and Bird Updates
Read the latest news and updates from the Tutukaka Coast on kiwi, birds, plants and our beautiful environment.
Yesterday was the inaugural, semi-regular, Tutukaka Pelagic Seabird trip which left Tutukaka and powered out past the Poor Knight Islands to the explore the deep trench area beyond. Article and photos by Scott Brooks, 24th September 2017 10
Nan Pullman and Mike Camm have continued to keep a regular check on the three Tutukaka Coast kiwis and this is Nan's recent update... Over the winter the three kiwi chicks - Milo, Komarohi and Kicker - released at Tawapou last year have settled into
This kiwi was discovered by Tom Braithwaite, on his way from Tutukaka towards Ngunguru last Monday night. He actually passed it, thinking it was a dead possum, then realising it was a kiwi, did a U turn and moved it to the bush beside the road
Photos by Malcolm Pullman, story by Baby dotterel Late one December afternoon, Malcolm and Nan discovered Mum and Dad's nest in the dunes, just a scrape in the sand really. More about dotterels in New Zealand...
For the last few months, Guy Bowden has been monitoring the humble beginnings of a petrel colony. Tutukaka and the surrounding areas were once believed to be home to significant numbers of petrel, which, like many bird species in New Zealand, has
On a slightly grey and damp day in March we decided it was time to check up on one of our three local kiwis, Kicker. Kicker hatched in Riponui in September 2012, his dad was ‘The Knight’, and he already weighed 270g and had a 45.6mm bill length when
Last year Ngunguru resident Scott Brooks, his wife Helen and their 3 kids completed a mission that they called ‘Our Great New Zealand Bird Tour 2016’, with a goal to introduce their family to as many New Zealand bird species as they could in the
One of the three kiwi released on the Tutukaka Coast late last year had been ‘missing in action’ for at least three weeks - until yesterday. Initially Ko marohi settled into a pattern marching back and forth between Matapouri Lodge and Middle