Trip Report

Waikanae Estuary – 1 May 2003

Headed down to the Waikanae Estuary today, hoping to see the chestnut teal Karen and Chris saw on the weekend. Unfortunately, no sign of them today – we checked both lagoons. On the main pond (close to the river) actually roosting on the little boat jetty when we first arrived, however, was the pair of brown teal – the male in absolutely beautiful breeding plumage – shiny green head and all! Got some nice shots, which should appear on our website at some stage soon. Quite a few shoveler, also looking very smart in their freshly moulted plumages! Five Royal spoonbill roosting up the river – it was high tide.


Brown teal, drake on the left and duck on the right

Drake brown teal

Drake mallard

Little (pied) cormorant

White-faced heron

White-faced heron