A Bird Nerd's Guide to Great Barrier

This blog will have far more pictures than words, and can be read in conjunction with “Good Heavens Great Barrier Island” to appreciate everything Great Barrier Island has to offer. I just wanted to let all the bird people know what you may see on the island and how easy it was to photograph.

 Pateke - Glenfern Sanctuary

Pateke - Glenfern Sanctuary

If you have read the previous blog you will appreciate I was not birding on GBI - I was there for a week of photography so aside from the gannets these pics are all taken while we were doing other activities – the birds are that abundant and easy to find!

 Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island 

Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island 

 Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

 Tui - Great Barrier Island 

Tui - Great Barrier Island 

 Kereru (New Zealand Pigeon) Tryphena

Kereru (New Zealand Pigeon) Tryphena

My amazing trip was organised by Orama Oasis, they can organise transport, accommodation, food and activities such as the gannet colony. Please contact them for more information on http://www.orama.org.nz/

 King Fisher - Tryphena

King Fisher - Tryphena

 Kaka - Glenfern Sanctuary

Kaka - Glenfern Sanctuary

 Banded Rail - Tryphena

Banded Rail - Tryphena

 Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

Complete list from Great Barrier Island Oct 2018 (seen or heard)

Sacred kingfisher, Tui, Kaka, Little Blue Penguin, Australasian Gannet, Brown Teal (Pateke), Pukeko, Caspian Tern, Red-billed Gull, Black-backed Gull, Fluttering Shearwater, New Zealand Pigeon (Kereru), Banded Rail, Swamp Harrier, Paradise Shelduck, Red-Crowned Parakeet, White-Faced Heron, Silvereye, New Zealand Fantail, Grey Warbler, New Zealand Dotterel, Shining Cuckoo, Variable Oyster Catcher, and Pied Stilt.

 Pateke - Glenfern Sanctuary

Pateke - Glenfern Sanctuary

 Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

 Tui - Tryphena

Tui - Tryphena

 Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

 Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

 Kereru (New Zealand Pigeon) Tryphena

Kereru (New Zealand Pigeon) Tryphena

 Pateke - Orama Oasis

Pateke - Orama Oasis

 Banded Rail - Tryphena

Banded Rail - Tryphena

 Oyster Catcher

Oyster Catcher

The Black Petrels (Taiko) are also present on the island during nesting season however were not present when we visited. There is a long list of wonderful birds that we didn’t spot on this trip but also call Great Barrier Island home.

 Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island

Gannet Colony - Mahuki Island