Tag Archives: New Zealand

Birds, New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

Sketching & zoom photography of New Zealand’s endangered Dotterel….

This protected shore bird is found in breeding pairs in coastal refuges along Northland’s Eastern sandy beaches.

More about New Zealand’s dotterel at these sites: NZ BIRDS ONLINE-Dotterel, DOC-NZ DOTTEREL (sound recording at this site), NZ BIRDS, ARKIVE-NZ DOTTEREL


Birds, Godwits in New Zealand

Sketching the Godwit….Northland, New Zealand….

Each spring thousands of godwits make the impressive direct flight from Alaska to New Zealand shores. A non-stop flight of 11,000km in about 8 days. Most depart in March, making the epic return journey North, via Eastern Asia, to their thawing Arctic breeding grounds.

Godwit Web-Links: NZ Birds Online: Godwit sound recordings at this link. Plus Godwit identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, food, threats & conservation; DOC NZ: The Godwit migration; Teara NZ: Map of Godwits migration route; NZ Science Resources: Interesting information about “Godwits in flight”: flight path, flock formation, wing design, flight speed.

Birds, New Zealand Terns

Sketching the Tern….Northland, New Zealand

Interesting information about the many varieties of New Zealand coastal terns: NZ BIRDS ONLINE-TERNS and IDENTIFICATION OF NEW ZEALAND GULLS AND TERNS

Shells, Beach Walk

Photography, beach walk, shells….Northland New Zealand

Shells Studies, Far North, NZ

Sketching shells….

These links lead to interesting information about identification of shells in New Zealand: New Zealand Mollusca, New Zealand Marine identification fact-sheets, New Zealand Shells A – Z, Coastal Marine Shellfish Identification Guide

Shells, Tauranga Bay, Far North, NZ


Bumblebees in New Zealand

Nature Photography….

Bumblebees, members of the same ‘Apidae’ bee family as honeybees, are not native to New Zealand. Four bumblebee species were introduced into New Zealand, from the United Kingdom between the late 1880’s and early 1900s, for the pollination of one specific flower, red clover. Apart from the Bombus terrestris (the large earth bumblebee) the longer tongues of the other three species can reach inside the large red clover flower. While the shorter-tongued honeybee is unable to reach the red clover nectar, it is still a valuable pollinator of white clover flowers. Bumblebees also make honey, but in smaller quantities than the honeybee, stored in their underground nests. Unless their nest is disturbed, bumblebees are not usually aggressive, but the females are actually able to sting.

You can discover where each species is found using this interactive site: Distribution of bumblebees in NZ