Exploring Akaroa harbour, 15–16 June 2013

We spent the weekend in Akaroa, first celebrating Cynthia Roberts' birthday with a cruise on the harbour on the Canterbury Cat followed by lunch at French farm, and then a rainy day spent on Smith Street with ECan ecologist Phil Cochrane banding tui.

On the harbour, we made it all the way around to the otherworldly Scenery Nook, with its massive vertical dyke jutting out into the sea. The captain mentioned that a yellow-eyed penguin had been spotted here in a previous week but we didn't see it.

I've uploaded my species photos from the trip to NatureWatch NZ and will add all of my standard bird, butterfly, and plant counts once the iNaturalist trip functionality is finished.

Action Geology!

Posted by jon_sullivan jon_sullivan, September 13, 2013 01:08

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White Basket Fungus (Ileodictyon cibarium)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 16, 2013 02:04 PM NZST

Description

Basket fungi by the driveway of 18 Smith Street.

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Turkey-Tail (Trametes versicolor)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 16, 2013 02:04 PM NZST

Description

Bracket fungi growing on an old rotting log by the driveway of 18 Smith Street.

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Pōhutukawa (Metrosideros excelsa)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 16, 2013 02:09 PM NZST

Description

Planted in a garden in Akaroa. I watched a redpoll spend a good ten minutes feeding on the immature seed heads on this plant.

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New Zealand Pied Shag (Phalacrocorax varius ssp. varius)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 10:21 AM NZST

Description

A pied shag fishing near the Akaroa jetty.

Two red-billed gulls were watching.

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Little Shag (Microcarbo melanoleucos ssp. brevirostris)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 10:15 AM NZST

Description

On lookout from a street light at the base of the Akaroa jetty.

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Nikau Palm (Rhopalostylis sapida)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:03 AM NZST

Description

The unexpectedly lush and dense stand of nikau palms in Akaroa Harbour's Palm Gully.

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Black-backed Gull (Larus dominicanus ssp. dominicanus)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:04 AM NZST

Description

Black-backed gulls were scattered about the edges of Akaroa harbour, solitary or in small groups.

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Red-billed Gull (Chroicocephalus novaehollandiae ssp. scopulinus)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:14 AM NZST

Description

One of a couple of gulls roosting with a large group of white fronted terns on a small islet off the coast of the Akaroa Heads.

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White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 2013

Description

About 100 white-faced terns roosting on a small islet off the coast of the Akaroa Heads.

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Mainland Spotted Shag (Phalacrocorax punctatus ssp. punctatus)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 13, 2013 11:21 AM NZST

Description

One of just a few spotted shags on the rocks and cliffs around the eastern side of the Akaroa Heads.

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New Zealand Fur Seal (Arctocephalus forsteri)

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jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:18 AM NZST

Description

We saw an adult and two babies resting on the rocks in Haylock Bay.

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Black-backed Gull (Larus dominicanus ssp. dominicanus)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:23 AM NZST

Description

Black-backed gulls chasing a fishing boat past the entrance to Akaroa Heads.

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New Zealand Pied Shag (Phalacrocorax varius ssp. varius)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:19 AM NZST

Description

A pied shag with a fur seal and a black-backed gull.

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Cape Petrel (Daption capense)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:32 AM NZST

Description

This is the best photo I got of the few cape pigeons we saw out past Akaroa heads.

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Northern Giant-Petrel (Macronectes halli)

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jon_sullivan

Date

June 2013

Description

A big black petrel drifting past Akaroa Heads.

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Mainland Spotted Shag (Phalacrocorax punctatus ssp. punctatus)

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jon_sullivan

Date

June 15, 2013 11:46 AM NZST

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Kererū (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)

Observer

jon_sullivan

Date

June 16, 2013 11:47 AM NZST

Description

Two of three kereru perched at the corner of Smith and Muter streets in Akaroa.

Comments

Jon! have you got a location for that dike for GeoWatch or ClimberWatch!?

Posted by felixcollins about 7 years ago (Flag)

Scenery Nook is at -43.89782 172.92238. It looks hard to get to from land (you can see more photos of the surrounding cliffs on my Flickr page around https://www.flickr.com/photos/mollivan_jon/9082493917/). Although a photo with climbers on it would be superb.

Posted by jon_sullivan about 7 years ago (Flag)

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