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.

Sunday, February 12, 2012


I'm not sure if it was the smell of sulphur or the steaming hot springs and exploding mud pools that kept the birds away, but I didn't see much bird activity in Rotorua. Gulls, Black Swans and New Zealand Scaup, along with the usual House Sparrows and Common Myna, were the only ones I encountered.

The New Zealand Scaup (shown below) is commonly known as the Black Teal.

New Zealand Scaup (male)

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