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.

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Tairua (Coromandel region)

After burning my feet at Hot Water Beach (which was ridiculously crowded), we stopped for the night in Tairua, a small town on the coast. Our motel was across the street from a pleasant beach where I saw a group of three Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit in eclipse plumage. These birds migrate to New Zealand from Alaska in late September and return in late March.

Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit

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