Published on 23 March 2022

Island minding: Motuihe Te Motu-a-Ihenga

Horahia - Long Beach

I was lucky enough to cover for the resident ranger in Motuihe Isand Te Motu-a-Ihenga for a weekend and the experience didn't disappoint!

Published on 25 November 2021

The nudibranches of the Long Bay-Okura Marine Reserve

Lemon nudibranch

Described as a "typical slice of the Hauraki Gulf" by the East Coast Bays Coastal Protection Society.(who led the MPA process back in the day), the Long Bay-Okura marine reserve hosts a good variety of nudibranches.

Published on 30 July 2021

Karepiro Bay shorebird count

Dacre Point seen from the northern end of Okura Walkway

Taking advantage of the perfect tidal conditions, this morning I counted the roosting shorebirds found between the Weiti river entrance and Dacre Point.

Published on 13 January 2021

Piha conservation work featured at Te Papa Tongarewa Museum of New Zealand

Piha conservation work featured at Te Papa Tongarewa/Museum of New Zealand

Since I was in Wellington for a few days, I finally visited Te Papa's exhibition 'Te Taiao | Nature'. The expo features some of the conservation work I contributed to in Piha, among other success stories from around New Zealand.

Published on 10 January 2021

Alternative nest covers for shorebirds

Nest cover made from a plastic box and four wood stakes

I recently spotted some nest protective covers at Otamure Bay, in Northland, for nesting Northern New Zealand dotterel tūturiwhatu (Charadrius obscurus aquilonius).

Published on 17 November 2020

Wader Identification course recap

Bar-tailed godwits

I was fortunate enough to spend the last weekend doing a wader identification course at the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre. After having had to postpone it the last two seasons, I was really looking forward to it and boy, it didn't disappoint. What an epic weekend of birding.