New Zealand (Hauraki Gulf)

Jan. 14, 2017 Hauraki Gulf pelagic trip

The Wether and sea condition were very good on the day.
We departed from Sandspit around 8:00 am.
We joined the pelagic trip that is planed by The Northern New Zealand Seabird Trust.

After departure we met Fluttering Shearwaters(I think), a Arctic Jaeger and Australasian Gannets for a while. Our boat was stopped near the school of fish. Fairy Prions, Cook’s Petrels, Buller’s Shearwaters and Fluttering Shearwaters were attracted to the school of fish! After a while, White-faced Storm-petrels came around the school of fish. And to our joy, New Zealand Storm-petrel came too !! New Zealand Storm-petrel was flying beautiful, quickly and tricky! When the chumming session,Fairy Prion, Cook’s Petrel and Black Petrel came near our boat.  After lunch, we encountered a herd of dolphins (False Killer Whale and Common Bottlenose Dolphin). There were many birds with dolphins. Fairy Prions, Cook’s Petrel, Black Petrel, Flesh-footed Shearwater, Buller’s Shearwater, White-faced Storm-petrel and New Zealand Storm-petrel was seen. We could see Blue Penguin on the way to the port 🙂

It was a very enjoyable trip! Thanks! 

Bird List

  • Blue Penguin
  • Cook’s Petrel
  • Fairy Prion
  • Black Petrel
  • Flesh-footed Shearwater
  • Buller’s Shearwater
  • Hutton’s Shearwater
  • Fluttering Shearwater
  • White-faced Storm-petrel
  • New Zealand Storm-petrel (5)
  • Australasian Gunnet
  • Pied Cormorant
  • Arctic Jaeger
  • Red-billed Gull
  • White-fronted Tern
  • (New Zealand Pigeon ?)
  • (Kaka ?)


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