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Category Archives: wrybill

  • Protecting the Wrybill in the Upper Rangitata

    Posted on October 17, 2017 by in Rangitata River, trapping, wrybill

    From Department of Conservation Ranger, Murray Thomas Protecting an unusual endemic bird, the wrybill, and the endangered black-fronted tern is the primary aim of a predator trapping programme on the upper Rangitata River. Results from the last two seasons show the expected wrybill predation rate of between 10-25% of all nests was reduced to zero, […]

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    Notes from the Ashley Rakahuri: October 2017

    Posted on October 11, 2017 by in Ashley, wrybill

    By Nick Ledgard, Chairman Every year we monitor the arrival and breeding activities of birds on the Ashley-Rakahuri river – with particular emphasis on the wrybill. This season, the notable aspect has been the frequency of large floods. Although they have done an excellent job clearing the riverbed of weeds, they have also disrupted breeding […]

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    Braided River Newsletter #26: 21 December

    Posted on December 21, 2016 by in Ashley, Black-billed gull, black-fronted terns, Breeding, Education, Lower Waitaki, Newsletters, Waitaki, wrybill

    Merry Christmas everyone. Firstly, a big thank you for your support this year. I’ll keep this brief as I know your email inboxes will be jammed with end-of-year missives. I will be away from Friday 23 December until the end of January. If I manage to snap a few photos of Iceland’s braided rivers, I’ll […]

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  • New project for the Lower Waitaki

    Posted on November 29, 2015 by in Black-billed gull, black-fronted terns, Lower Waitaki, traps, wrybill

    From Ann-Kathrin Schlesselmann Thanks to the support from Environment Canterbury through its Canterbury Braided River Initiative, the Department of Conservation, University of Otago, New Zealand Jetboating Association and the Lower Waitaki River Management Society, in October this year we started a project in the Lower Waitaki River to improve the breeding habitat for braided river […]

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  • Update on nesting birds on the Ashley, Waipara, and Waimakariri Rivers

    Posted on October 31, 2015 by in ARRG, Ashley, Black-billed gull, black-fronted terns, Breeding, Waimakariri, wrybill

    Waimakariri River The black billed gulls established a colony (+1600) at the back of McLeans Island about a month ago. Since then they have been washed out and predated by black backed gulls leaving 20 nesting pairs (and one red billed?). They have now returned to the sanctuary, which is about half way down the […]

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  • Braided river birds make front page news

    Posted on October 21, 2015 by in wrybill

    Great to see braided river birds taking up the entire front page of today’s Northern Outlook (this link takes you to Fairfax Digital. Type ‘Northern Outlook’ in the search bar, and the date of publication, 21 October 2015. Don’t forget, voting for Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year ends this Sunday October 25.

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    Fowl smell could predators off in Mackenzie rivers

    Posted on October 18, 2015 by in black-fronted terns, kaki /black stilt, Research, wrybill

    Braided river habitats in the Mackenzie district could be coated with fowl smells if a scientific trial to help save native birds from predators goes ahead. Alexandra-based Landcare Research scientist Grant Norbury has been granted about $1 million by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to trial generic bird scents from chickens and quails […]

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    Creating better bird habitats on braided rivers

    Posted on September 4, 2015 by in ARRG, Ashley, black-fronted terns, wrybill

    From Nick Ledgard Those who have an interest in braided river birds know the importance of islands and lack of weeds when it comes to good breeding sites. Islands act as barriers to predators, although the likes of stoats have no problem crossing water. Tall weeds deter birds from nesting, and also offer cover for […]

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  • BRaid Newsletter #8

    Posted on September 3, 2015 by in Black-billed gull, citizen science, Funding, Newsletters, wrybill

    BRaid Newsletter #8 : 03 September 2015 Hello everyone, We’ve just announced details of our annual braided river bird and trapping courses. I’ll be emailing most of you directly with flyers, which I’m hoping you will pass on to all your networks. Meanwhile, I’ve listed them below. Excitement is ramping up as the birds begin returning to rivers […]

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    First wrybill up the river

    Posted on August 30, 2015 by in Ashley, wrybill

    From Nick Ledgard The riverbed bird breeding season is about to begin, so I am spending increasing amounts of time down on the local Ashley-Rakahuri River looking for early arrivals. On August 20th I inspected the stretch of riverbed just above the new road bridge north of Rangiora, and was excited to see my first […]

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    The wrybill are returning!

    Posted on August 26, 2015 by in Ashley, wrybill

    . On August 13, Steve Attwood photographed the first of the wrybill returning to Ashley River estuary, while on Monday 24 August, 11 were sighted on the Avon Heathcote Estuary. One way of keeping up to date with braided  river bird sightings is by regularly checking our web page http://braid.org.nz/ecology/birds/summary-observations which automatically updates NatureWatchNZ sightings of banded dotterels, […]

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