New Zealand
Summary and Stats

I flew home the next day, stopping in Tahiti again.  This time it was barely light enough to get my one-and-only "tick" for French Polynesia: a Common Mynah.

I had to conclude that this was an outstanding trip to a beautiful country.  I also decided (after having been frequently asked, "Why didn't you go to Australia?  Most Americans add New Zealand onto their Australian holiday..."), that I should plan on arranging a trip to Australia for the following December.

Statistics:
Number of bird species: 98
Number of lifebirds: 92!

Birds seen:
Fiordland Crested Penguin (Eudyptes pachyrhynchus)
Yellow-eyed Penguin (Megadyptes antipodes)
Little Penguin (Eudyptula minor)
Wandering Albatross (Diomedea exulans)
Royal Albatross (Diomedea epomophora)
Shy Albatross (Diomedea cauta)
Giant Petrel (Macronectes giganteus)
Antarctic Petrel (Thalassoica antarctica)
Pintado Petrel (Daption capense)
Fairy Prion (Pachyptila turtur)
Westland Petrel (Procellaria westlandica)
Buller's Shearwater (Puffinus bulleri)
Sooty Shearwater (Puffinus griseus)
Australian Gannet (Morus serrator)
Brown Booby (Sula leucogaster)
Little Black Shag (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris)
Great Cormorant (Phalacrocorax carbo)
Pied Shag (Phalacrocorax varius)
Stewart Island Shag (Phalacrocorax carunculatus)
Spotted Shag (Phalacrocorax punctatus)
Little Shag (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos)
White-faced Heron (Egretta novaehollandiae)
Australian White Ibis (Threskiornis molucca)
Magpie Goose (Anseranas semipalmata)
Black Swan (Cygnus atratus)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Cape Barren Goose (Cereopsis novaehollandiae)
Paradise Shelduck (Tadorna variegata)
Blue Duck (Hymenolaimus malacoryhynchos)
Grey Teal (Anas gibberifrons)
Brown Teal (Anas aucklandica)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Australian Black Duck (Anas superciliosa)
New Zealand Scaup (Aythya novaeseelandiae)
Pacific Marsh Harrier (Circus approximans)
New Zealand Falcon (Falco novaeseelandiae)
California Quail (Lophortyx californicus)
Weka (Gallirallus australis)
Baillon's (Marsh) Crake (Porzana pusilla)
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa)
Pukeko (Porphyrio porphyrio)
Eurasian Coot (Fulica atra)
Pied Oystercatcher (Haematopus longirostris)
Variable Oystercatcher (Haematopus unicolor)
Australian Stilt (Himantopus leucocephalus)
Masked Plover (Vanellus miles)
New Zealand Dotterel (Pluvialis obscura)
Banded Dotterel (Charadrius bicinctus)
Wrybill (Anarhynchus frontalis)
Marsh Sandpiper (Tringa stagnatilis)
Common Greenshank (Tringa nebularia)
Wandering Tattler (Heteroscelus incanum)
Parasitic Jaeger (Stercorarius parasiticus)
Southern Black-backed Gull (Larus dominicanus)
Red-billed Gull (Larus novaehollandiae)
Black-billed Gull (Larus bulleri)
Gull-billed Tern (Sterna nilotica)
Caspian Tern (Sterna caspia)
Antarctic Tern (Sterna vittata)
White-fronted Tern (Sterna striata)
Black-fronted Tern (Sterna albistriata)
Blue-gray Noddy (Procelsterna cerulea)
Rock Dove (Columba livia)
Collared Dove (Streptopelia decaocto)
New Zealand Pigeon (Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae)
Kea (Nestor notabilis)
Kaka (Nestor meridionalis)
Long-tailed Cuckoo (Eudynamys taitensis)
Morepork (Ninox novaeseelandiae)
Sacred Kingfisher (Halcyon sancta)
Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris)
Sky Lark (Alauda arvensis)
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)
Richard's Pipit (Anthus novaeseelandiae)
Dunnock (Prunella modularis)
Blackbird (Turdus merula)
Song Thrush (Turdus philomelos)
Fernbird (Megalurus punctatus)
Gray Warbler (Gerygone igata)
Whitehead (Mohoua ochrocephala albicilla)
Yellowhead (Mohoua ochrocephala)
Brown Creeper (Finschia novaeseelandiae)
Fantail (Rhipidura fuliginosa)
Tomtit (Petroica macrocephala)
Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis)
Bellbird (Anthornis melanura)
Tui (Prosthemadura novaeseelandiae)
Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)
Cirl Bunting (Emberiza cirlus)
Chaffinch (Fringilla coelebs)
Greenfinch (Carduelis chloris)
Goldfinch (Carduelis carduelis)
Common Redpoll (Acanthis flammea)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
European Starling (Sturnus vulgaris)
Common Mynah (Acridotheres tristis)
Black-backed Magpie (Gymnorhina tibicen)
Rook (Corvus frugilegus)

Mammals seen:
New Zealand Fur Seal
Sperm Whale
Orca (Killer Whale)
Dolphin (sp?)

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