How to spot and approach birds

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Shining Cuckoo

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Tomtit

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

The grey warbler

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Morepork

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Bird spotting: The harrier hawk

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

The white heron / kōtuku

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Attractive thief

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

A crucial bird for forest survival

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

You’ll hear this bird before you see it

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Melodic master

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Rifleman/titi pounamu

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Kingfisher/kōtare

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

The silvereye

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

The bellbird/korimako

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Blue duck

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

New Zealand falcon/karearea

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Fantail/piwakawaka

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

South Island robin/toutouwai

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Weka

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Welcome swallow

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Fernbird

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Southern crested grebe

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Little owl

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

New Zealand dabchick

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Rock wren/tuke

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Yellow-crowned parakeet/kākāriki

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Black-fronted tern

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

White-faced heron

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Pukeko

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

New Zealand scaup/pāpango

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Spur-winged plover

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Grey teal

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Birds of a feather

Bird Spotting, Features, Great Walks

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Paradise shelduck

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Australasian shoveler

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Yellowhead

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Wrybill

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Whitehead/popokatea

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Redpoll

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Banded rail/moho pererū

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Skylark/kaireka

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Californian quail

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Royal spoonbill/kotuku ngutupapa

Bird Spotting, Skills

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Hihi

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

North Island kōkako

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

North Island saddleback/tīeke

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Black-fronted dotterel

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …

Bar-tailed godwit / kuaka

Bird Spotting

Conservation statusNative species classified as declining. FeaturesIn general, bar-tailed godwits are predominantly brown on their upper parts and pale below, giving an overall impression of a brown and white …