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Birdwatching Review

Birds are plentiful in Halfmoon Bay. Here are some of their hangouts: walk up Argyle Street, which dead-ends into a drive. Continue up (it turns into a path) and you'll be certain to see the noisy parrots (kaka) clowning in the trees around you. Ducks loiter at Mill Creek (locals have named many of them) and a little kingfisher often sits on the phone wire above them. Rare albino wood pigeons (kereru) reside in the rimu tree by the "rimu tree phone" on the road leading down into Horseshoe Bay. Little blue penguins are seen in Paterson Inlet, ditto yellow-eyed penguins and Stewart Island shags. Mollymawks soar past Acker's Point. Tūī, bellbirds, fantails, and tomtits can be seen throughout Halfmoon Bay gardens and on day walks. Weka have been recently reintroduced to the area and favor the gardens of Deep Bay Road (they cut through homes if residents leave the door open!). Oystercatchers live on every town beach, and pied oystercatchers like grazing the schoolyard. Kiwi are rarely seen around town but they are there; telltale tracks have been seen at Traill Park and their shrill unmistakable cry is heard some nights.

Updated: 02-24-2014

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