The recent post on Tawharuanui Regional Park reminded me of the many shots of rare birds (and not so rare) that I was able to snap on Tiri Tiri Matangi Island because I did ensure that I had a reasonable camera on board and we did make regular trips to the Island on Agnes.

Here is a selection of those pictures.

New Zealand Tui
Not a rare bird but a rare sight, a Tui chasing down a cicada (the black dot just ahead of the bird) Suspect Cicadas are the “nuts” to supplement the nectar intake?
A closer look at a Tui
A closer look at a Tui
We encountered many Pateke (the little brown duck) on Great Barrier Island, not a sight you see much of on the mainland
We encountered many Pateke (the little brown duck) on Great Barrier Island, not a sight you see much of on the mainland
A close look at a Saddleback
A closer look at a Saddleback
New Zealand Bell Bird
The call of the Bellbird conveys the sense of a bigger bird, I was surprised at how small they were
A better ashot of a North Island Robin
A better a shot of a North Island Robin
"Tui heaven", the spring blooming of the Kowhai tree
“Tui heaven”, the spring blooming of the Kowhai tree
New Zealand Saddleback bird
The Saddleback is another bird with a very distinct call.
These little guys (Hihi) get bullied by the Belbirds
These little guys (Hihi) get bullied by the Belbirds
We were treated to two rare Kokako on the track one day. They subsequently followed us through the trees.
We were treated to two rare Kokako on the track one day. They subsequently followed us through the trees.
The saddle back has a similar sac to the Kokako
The saddle back has a similar sac to the Kokako

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