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Bronze Hopper Helpis minitabunda

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

November 17, 2018 11:50 AM NZDT

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New Zealand Blue Blowfly Calliphora quadrimaculata

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

November 17, 2018

Description

On fence batten in the morning sun.

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pohanginapete

Date

November 10, 2018 05:00 PM +13

Description

This male was one of several dozen individuals on one of the main stems of a dying lacebark. I counted nine male/female pairs, some with a third individual (sometimes a noticeably smaller female, sometimes a male) which was usually chased off by the male of the pair. I got enough video to be able to confirm that the females appeared to be ovipositing. In addition, there were an indeterminate number of lone individuals roaming the trunk.

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Blue Duck Hymenolaimus malacorhynchos

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

November 7, 2018 08:58 PM +13

Description

Male whio. The previous evening I saw two whio together just 50‒100 m upstream of this. I suspect the female's incubating; I saw no sign of her the following day despite repeated sightings of the male.

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pohanginapete

Date

November 7, 2018 10:56 AM +13

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Water Spider Dolomedes aquaticus

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

November 7, 2018 10:32 AM +13

Description

A nice find as I was collecting rocks to build cairns to mark the start of the track that bypasses the small gorge between Leon Kinvig and Ngamoko huts. Smaller and browner than a typical D. aquaticus but didn't look like D. dondalei (both are present here).

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pohanginapete

Date

November 7, 2018 02:55 PM +13

Description

On the verandah at Leon Kinvig hut in the Pohangina River headwaters.

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pohanginapete

Date

October 31, 2018

Description

Several of these growing in a cluster just outside the bush edge at the start of the Tunupo track (track to Alice Nash Heritage Lodge visible in the background of the last photograph).

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Grey Warbler Gerygone igata

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 31, 2018 03:50 PM +13

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 29, 2018 05:15 PM +13

Description

Two males apparently contesting access to a female. Although not apparent from the photo, the male on the right was noticeably smaller than the other male. They briefly pressed their heads together ('face-to-face') as if pushing each other before the smaller male backed away and, shortly after, scuttled away. The larger male then appeared to copulate briefly with the female and remained with her.

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Emu Dromaius novaehollandiae

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 29, 2018 12:10 PM +13

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Knobbled Orbweaver Eriophora pustulosa

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 28, 2018 03:22 PM +13

Description

Tucked into bark of an old Lombardy poplar

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pohanginapete

Date

October 25, 2018 04:18 PM +13

Description

About 6‒10 individuals on a 1 m (approx.) length of branch of dying lacebark. Initially I saw two pairs, then a third, then some individuals, but by then the males in particular had become active and would take flight very quickly. They'd also alight in an instant. I didn't notice any females flying, but two females stayed almost motionless during the half-hour I watched; both had the tip of the abdomen pressed against the bark, and may have been ovipositing. First photo is a male; second is a female; third is the first pair I saw.

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Sombrero Spider Stiphidion facetum

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 25, 2018

Description

Under firewood log on ground in pasture.

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 25, 2018

Description

On underside of firewood log on ground in pasture. One of two individuals (the other's in this observation).

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Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 25, 2018

Description

On underside of firewood log on ground in pasture. One of two individuals (the other's in this observation).

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Spur-winged Plover Vanellus miles ssp. novaehollandiae

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 17, 2018 03:21 PM +13

Description

Two spur-winged plovers, one (first photo) with an injured leg that made walking difficult).

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Guelder-Rose Viburnum opulus

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 18, 2018

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Apple Malus pumila

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 13, 2018

Description

Old, unmanaged apple tree (isolated; not part of an orchard) partway through flowering. Recording this because photos from last year show this flowering at exactly the same time of year.

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pohanginapete

Date

October 13, 2018 12:38 PM +13

Description

Flowering in a small pot with Venus flytrap and Drosera.

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Brown Hare Lepus europaeus

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

October 4, 2018

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Waxeye Zosterops lateralis ssp. lateralis

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

September 19, 2018 10:43 AM NZST

Description

Anyone got any ideas about the identity of the bluish pollen on the head of this tauhou? I've since seen it on a korimako at the Zealandia ecosanctuary.

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Grey Warbler Gerygone igata

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

September 28, 2018 04:10 PM NZST

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Red Deadnettle Lamium purpureum

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

September 28, 2018 04:14 PM NZST

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Kereru Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

September 27, 2018 05:00 PM NZST

Description

Three kereru perched in large, still-leafless tree. Windy and cold afternoon.

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Red Deer Cervus elaphus

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

July 15, 2018 08:35 AM NZST

Description

Two of a mob of 10 wild red deer.

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Silvereye Zosterops lateralis

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

July 10, 2018 04:12 PM NZST

Description

Several tauhou foraging on old cowpats.

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Bellbird Anthornis melanura ssp. melanura

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

July 10, 2018 11:46 AM NZST

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Kereru Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

July 10, 2018 11:51 AM NZST

Description

Three kereru preening in a stand of kanuka.

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Grey Warbler Gerygone igata

Observer

pohanginapete

Date

July 11, 2018 12:31 PM NZST
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