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Australia plus a day in New Zealand, Nov/Dec 2017

Sheridan and I spent part of November 25/26, 2017 in New Zealand, followed by fifteen days in Australia.

We visited Miranda, Mangere, and Waitakere near Auckland, NZ, and then around Cairns, around Darwin, and around Melbourne plus Victoria's Malee in Australia.

As usual, the quality of my photos varies from very good to rather poor,- but identifiable!__________________ - here are a few mammal


The Firth of Thames at and north of Miranda; Island Road to Puketutu Island (Mangere WTP); Waitakere Ranges Regional Park - all within an hour of Auckland Airport.

Paradise Shelduck; female; male:

Brown Teal:

Australian Gannet:

Pied Cormorant:

Swamp Harrier:

Australian Swamphen:

South Island Oystercatcher:

Variable Oystercatcher:

Pied Stilt from Miranda - do they have some Black Stilt in them??:

Wrybill - the principal reason why I wanted to stop in Auckland:

Masked Lapwing:

New Zealand/Red-breasted Dotterel:

Black-billed Gull:

Red-billed Gull:

Kelp Gull:

White-fronted Tern:

New Zealand Fantail:

Grey Gerygone:

Welcome Swallow: