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Manapouri, New Zealand (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Manapouri, New Zealand

Map of Manapouri, New Zealand

Yellowhammer (Emberiza citrinella)

A lake with a hydroelectric power plant.


New Zealand

1/11/2012: Leaving the Milford Sound area, we moved on next to Manapouri where we stayed on a farm just outside of town. Manapouri was an important flashpoint for the New Zealand environmental movement, and the lake was mostly saved from some crazy hydro scheme. The main reason to visit here would be to cruise on the Doubtful Sound, but I didn't really have the inclination to pay over $200 for the privilege.

So, we pretty quickly moved on from town toward Dunedin taking the scenic route with stops at the recently restored Rakatu Wetlands, a caving expedition to see glow worms in Clefdon, a falafel stop in Invercargill, the petrified forest in Curio Bay, and the McLean Falls in the Catlins. Most of the day was spent driving, though, and the Hector's Dolphins that are supposed to live at Curio Bay never did show up.

Previous Visit (Fiordland National Park: 1/9/2012)
Next Visit (Otago Peninsula / Dunedin: 1/13/2012)

Species Recorded (17)

Birds ( 16 )

Old World Vultures ( Accipitridae )
Swamp Harrier - Circus approximans

Herons ( Ardeidae )
White-faced Heron - Egretta novaehollandiae

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Gray Teal - Anas gracilis
Pacific Black Duck - Anas superciliosa
New Zealand Scaup - Aythya novaeseelandiae
Black Swan - Cygnus atratus
Australian Shoveler - Spatula rhynchotis
Paradise Shelduck - Tadorna variegata

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Australasian Swamphen - Porphyrio melanotus
Baillon's Crake - Zapornia pusilla

Stilts and Avocets ( Recurvirostridae )
Pied Stilt - Himantopus leucocephalus

Larks ( Alaudidae )
Eurasian Skylark - Alauda arvensis

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Welcome Swallow - Hirundo neoxena

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
Australian Magpie - Gymnorhina tibicen

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula

Brushfinches, Seedeaters, Sparrows, and Allies ( Emberizinae )
Yellowhammer - Emberiza citrinella




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