New Zealand Birds

New Zealand Pigeon
Hemiphaga novaseelandiae
South Island Fantail
Rhipidura fuliginosa fuliginosa

North Island Fantail
Rhipidura fuliginosa placabilis

Welcome Swallow
Hirundo Tahitica

Black-backed Gull
 Larus dominicanus

 Red-billed Gull
Larus novaehollandiae

 White-faced Heron
Ardea novaehollandiae

Variable Oystercatcher
Haematopus unicolor
 Black Swan
Cygnus atratus
 Australasian Gannet
Morus serrator
Gannet tidying up after Homo sapiens
Prosthemadera novaeseelandiae


  1. What a nice surprise to see how the NZ Birds page has grown! Very nice photos there Dad. I imagine that birds, being the lively, animated creatures that they are, aren't the easiest of subjects to photograph.
    I didn't know there was a North and South Island fantail. We have recently discovered a small family group of banded rail living out at Sandspit. A fine looking bird.

    1. You are correct in saying they are not the easiest creatures to capture on the camera, hence my great respect for those who took such wonderful photographs using film!

      I have only seen the banded rail on Wallis Island - the mongoose did for them on Viti Levu. The Fijians have a saying, "Sa ketekete ni bici na lomalagi," said of a beautiful clear sky.

      The scientific name for the banded rail is a bit of a trap - Dick Watling in A Guide to to the Birds of Fiji & Western Polynesia uses 'Gallirallus philippensis', and Birds of New Zealand by Hugh Robertson & Barrie Heather, and Reader's Digest's Complete Book of New Zealand Birds both use 'Rallus philippensis'.

    2. Perhaps I should clarify - the Fijian saying means 'the belly of the banded rail is like the sky' said of a beautiful clear sky.