Category Archives: Trips

Greylag and Slaty-backed Gull – #719 and #720 ABA

After Chris Feeney and I missed the Yellow-legged Gull in St. John’s, Newfoundland and the 3 Shelducks in St. John, New Brunswick we were more than a little discouraged.  We drove the 750km  to Providence,  Rhode Island, hoping that at least the … Continue reading

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A Mad Dash to Texas and Florida

It never fails rare birds always show up just as I start my shift and disappear when I approach my days off. In early January a Rose-throated Becard was being seen at Estero Grande Park, Texas, in Florida there was a Western … Continue reading

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Rarotonga Cook Islands

We arrived in Rarotonga, Cook Islands after a relatively short flight. Petrified Coral could be found anywhere on the beach, huge pieces of coral and shells are everywhere. Not many shorebirds but Wandering Tattlers were common Lovely Flowers… First day … Continue reading

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Auckland – Tiri Tiri Metangi Island

We arrive late to Auckland, during rush hour traffic, unlike most of New Zealand, Auckland traffic is quite similar to what we’re use to in North America….driving on the left didn’t help either. We checked into the Crowne Plaza for our two … Continue reading

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Waitamo – Glow Worms, Caves and Kiwi House

We left Rotorua easily and headed back west to Waitamo.  There are sections of caves that you can visit here.  Sue and I chose the Glowworm Cave and Aranui Cave.  Zoe went to all three Gloworm, Aranui and Ruakuri Caves. … Continue reading

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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 … Continue reading

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Wellington – Zealandia

We headed out on the ferry from Picton, south Island to Wellington, North island on August 26.  The weather was not very good for viewing, foggy, rainy and windy, oh and did I mention cold…. I did see a few things … Continue reading

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