Wellington to Rotorua – Birds, Thermal Parks and Caves

We left Wellington knowing we’d be back there some day.  I could easily see, Sue and I, going there for a winter break.  Friendly people, scenery and climate.

There were more dairy/cattle farms in the north but the variety of pasture birds seemed to be the same as on the South Island.

Pied Stilt

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We did see more Redpolls and Finches near Taupo

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A smoking up close look at a Yellowhammer, the second of this trip.

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Young Black-billed Gull

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Crazy panorama..

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European Import’s

Eurasian Coot

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Black Swan

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Dabchick Grebe

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Love is in the air

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Black-billed Gull

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Spur-winged Plover

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This photo doesn’t really show just how much water is going through this gorge at Huka Falls.

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Next stop was the Orakei Korako Geothermal Park & Cave, another spot that’s worth the price of admission.  An enjoyable afternoon.

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A small boat takes you to the Thermal Park

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The Cave

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Fantail

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Welcome Swallow

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Sue planned to go to the Te Puia, the Maori cultural center and geothermal wonder and I looked around the area for spots to bird.

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I happened on a Waste dump with thousands of gulls and after donning a hard hat and safety jacket they let me wander about taking images of Kelp Gulls.

1st cycle

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Adult

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1st Cycle

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3rd Cycle

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Adult

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1st

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2nd

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2nd

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We thought it would be a great to call it a day, early and enjoy dinner in Rotorua.

We chose an Italian restaurant…with interesting wall décor.  first Italian restaurant I’ve ever been in that bread wasn’t included with your meal.  You had to pay for it.

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A great day had by all

Ciao for now

 

 

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