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  • andrew llewellyn,

    Can I put in a plug for the kaka?

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    When I was at Brownies in the early '80s, the Brownie units were divided into smaller groups called sixes which were named after New Zealand native birds - Pipits, Tomtits, Bellbirds and Grey Warblers. Though I was the captain of the Bellbirds, the grey warbler bird has always held a special place in my heart, so it gets my vote.

    I see on the Forest and Bird voting guide that the Rachel Hunter bird has been banned because it "does not meet the official definition of New Zealand bird" (lolz!!!!) but the Robin is eligible.

    Tweet.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Andrew,

    SNAP!

    You beat me to that one. Was followed by a couple of Kaka in the Kaimanawas once, had a soft spot for them ever since.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Jeremy Andrew,

    typical bloke, a random bird follows you about for a bit and you form an irrational attachment...

    Hamiltron - City of the F… • Since Nov 2006 • 900 posts Report Reply

  • Michael Fitzgerald,

    Andrew - Bloody Kaka attacked me when I was cycling from the Fox to Gillespies Beach. Flying possums in my book.
    Yeah I love the Kereru - really takes on (if I may) Kiwi Kulture - gets pissed when it can - flys around for fun gliding & swooping - and they get fat. Gotta love the Kereru

    Since May 2007 • 631 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    The Kaka needs a vote or two. Every one's always "Kea this" and "Kea that". They think they're so smart just because they can dismantle a car in 5 seconds.

    But, this year I think I shall be voting for the Weka.

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • 3410,

    I'll not vote for the Weka. One of 'em stole a Shrewsbury biscuit right off my knee once.

    Auckland • Since Jan 2007 • 2618 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Kelburn's full of kaka at the moment, they're commuting from the sanctuary to the Bot gardens to feed. The tui are very upset.

    They put on a good show for the tourists at the top of the cable car.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • AndrewD,

    Loving the Mt Bruce birdcall site Graham. I think the kakapo just blew my woofer

    Auckland • Since Mar 2007 • 54 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Sounds painful.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I'm not so keen on the grey warbler, but I would vote for the riroriro. There's one singing his little heart out right outside my back door now.

    The riroriro here have a slightly different tune from the riroriro around my parents' place in Taranaki. Regional accents?

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Russell Brown,

    Loving the Mt Bruce birdcall site Graham. I think the kakapo just blew my woofer

    It's awesome. It made the windows in my office buzz, and I didn't even have the speakers up loud.

    Someone so has to use that on a drum and bass record.

    It's here if anyone else wants a buzz.

    Auckland • Since Nov 2006 • 22749 posts Report Reply

  • Kyle Matthews,

    The riroriro here have a slightly different tune from the riroriro around my parents' place in Taranaki. Regional accents?

    It's the classic urban/rural divide. The ones at your parents place prolly vote national, the Wellington one is Labour or Green. John Campbell never stops going on about it every election night.

    Since Nov 2006 • 6243 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Hill,

    The Riroriro IS the Grey Warbler, or are you making a point about the lack of Maori names in my missal? Regional accents? Sure do. In fact no 2 Grey Warblers sound exactly the same, yet the theme is always consistent. Amazing really.

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Hill,

    By the way...

    Perhaps one of Jesus Christ's biographer's bigger marnuses?

    Matthew 6:26
    Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them.

    Actually, JC, or Matthew, if you watched them for more than five minutes you'd find they work fucking hard!

    Gratitude goes to CK Stead for pointing this out.

    Go the Warbler!

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Deborah,

    I wasn't trying to make a point at all - I suppose I should hve put one of those emoticon thingmies there.

    Though I do prefer the Maori name, because it sounds like the grey warblers' songs. And as a matter of practice, I use the Maori names. My children talk about piwakawaka, tui, kotare and ruru, all of which we see and hear in abundance, thanks to the Karori Sanctuary.

    New Lynn • Since Nov 2006 • 1445 posts Report Reply

  • Alan Macdougall,

    Genius idea. I shall vote riroriro/grey warbler forthwith. It's hardly a showboat, but a shy and retiring wee grafter often imposed upon by bludgers. [Calls to mind the faulty self-image of the commenters of A Certain Other Prominent Blog, doesn't it, although in this case the grey warbler really does fit the bill.]

    I've been trying to take photos of the little blighters for a while now, and it's damned hard. Difficult enough to see, let alone get the camera on them in time when you do.

    Since Nov 2006 • 24 posts Report Reply

  • Hadyn Green,

    The riroriro here have a slightly different tune from the riroriro around my parents' place in Taranaki. Regional accents?

    A study in Britain found that many birds do actually have regional dialects. (no links because I'm being lazy)

    Wellington • Since Nov 2006 • 2090 posts Report Reply

  • daleaway,

    I've done it. Got some nesting hereabouts and we love listening to them.

    Got woodpigeons too, but the tui patrols drive them off our berry trees. Tui are the gangland thugs of the bird world, and it's ALL their patch, according to them.

    Since Jul 2007 • 198 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Hill,

    Photographing GWs is unsurprisingly a very hard thing to do well. This is an outstanding effort from Dave Curtis showing the rudimentary fantail.
    Geoff Moon is of course the Hall Of Famer with a box brownie. He's still active at 96!

    http://www.magiclight.co.nz/wildlifePages/greyWarbler.htm

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    Always thought the kea were real characters: had two very cheeky ones wake myself and three others sleeping under a fly near Salisbury Hut by swooping down and flying through the fly.

    They're funny - until its your tramping sock they nick.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

  • Graeme Hill,

    Great news for the GW campaign, but no complacency please. This result as of lunchtime today may just fire the blackfronted Brethren back into action again, along with others. Not many votes all in all though is it. Disappointing. Oh well. I'm never happy am I.. ho ho ho.

    1.Grey warbler (74 votes)
    2.Kereru (49)
    3.Black-fronted tern (45)
    4.Tui (44)
    5.Kakapo (37)
    6.Fantail (26)
    7=.Pukeko, kiwi (22)
    9=, Kea, bellbird, morepork (20)

    Auckland • Since Dec 2006 • 11 posts Report Reply

  • Robyn Gallagher,

    1.Grey warbler (74 votes)

    This is good news. I'm going to get my internet bitches on to this to give G-Wizzo a few more votes.

    Raglan • Since Nov 2006 • 1946 posts Report Reply

  • andrew llewellyn,

    Tui are the gangland thugs of the bird world, and it's ALL their patch, according to them.

    Apparently they will drive off magpies. But as mentioned earlier, kaka are raiding the Bot gardens at present, the tui amass in the desired trees & try to see them off.

    It can be pandemonium up there some days. The kaka don't seem to care much though.

    Since Nov 2006 • 2075 posts Report Reply

  • Rob Hosking,

    The pukeko are doing disturbingly well.

    Grew up in an area with a lot of them - on the edge of the swamplands near the mouth of the Waikato - and I can't stand them.

    South Roseneath • Since Nov 2006 • 830 posts Report Reply

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