This is a companion to my Bird of the Day blog, which focuses on birds I have seen in Victoria, Canada.

When my husband and I started planning a trip to New Zealand, I was delighted to read about the large number of unique birds that reside there. Having exhausted the supply of new birds at home, this was a welcome opportunity to continue my birding education. This blog will cover the various birding sites on the North and South Islands and (hopefully) the multitude of birds we encounter there.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Abel Tasman Park

We spent the last three nights at Kairuru, a sheep and cattle farm abutting Abel Tasman National Park. In addition to gorgeous scenery and a plethora of farm animals, we saw lots of Australasian Harriers flying overhead.
Australasian Harrier (Kahu)

While hiking in the park, we encountered numerous groups of California Quail, each consisting of a male, a female and about a dozen chicks. Very cute!

California Quail (male)

California Quail (female)

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