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N 44 B 1.7K C 30 E Aug 13, 2017 F Aug 14, 2017
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Banded Rail ( Rallus phillipensis )

This last weekend I was back at Matua in Tauranga photographing Rail as the Tauranga Council are decimating the small habitat there under the guise of "restoration" which really is a clandestine way of building yet another walkway through diminishing wetland habitat..
They claim it does not harm the wildlife there and this is supported by local DOC and Forest & Bird yet it obviously does. People running, cycling with dogs etc cab hardly be beneficial to secretive birds trying to nest or go about their business of life... I have noticed quite a reduction in Rail numbers since the large scale herbiciding and clearance of vegetation has begun....Much of the native vegetation has also been killed by this heavy handed approach...
I also watched in amazement at a large dog unrestrained running up and down the estuary chasing birds, when I approached the owner and asked why this was allowed ,I was told with a annoyed tone, "Oh it never catches anything"...

N 46 B 1.1K C 21 E Nov 26, 2018 F Nov 26, 2018
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Fernbird Bowdleria punctata )

After an hour of fruitlessly swinging my camera around trying to obtain an image of these flighty birds, I trained my lens on one spot. Luckily I was rewarded with one good image,when this bird momentarily appeared for a second.... click to enlarge....

N 107 B 3.7K C 44 E Jan 1, 2018 F Jan 2, 2018
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Banded Rail ( Rallus phillipensis )

"Hey come back here " !!,
That insect had a lucky escape from this bird fossicking among the mangroves.....

N 37 B 2.0K C 55 E Mar 25, 2016 F Mar 25, 2016
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Grey Teal ( Anas gibberifrons ) Image is better enlarged....

N 162 B 3.7K C 122 E Jun 27, 2017 F Jul 3, 2017
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One of the worlds most intelligent birds ,eclipsing even dogs and monkeys. Sadly, susceptible to toxins, persecution. lead head roofing nails etc, etc, etc a once common bird now decreasing at an alarming rate.
1080 and similar poisons used for predator control does huge mischief to these birds that have nothing in they environment unknown to their investigations....


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