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Te Anau, New Zealand (Center on Interactive Map)

Map of Te Anau, New Zealand

Map of Te Anau, New Zealand

Silvereye (Zosterops lateralis) Yellow-fronted Parakeet (Cyanoramphus auriceps)

A small town with a lake full of motor boats. This is where the tourists that hate the blackflies (sandflies) were staying.


New Zealand

1/8/2012: We moved on from Queenstown to Te Anau. For a day hike, we went over to the Kepler Track area. We started out walking on the trail along the lake. That trail was scenic, but there was a pretty much relentless drone of motor boats on the lake. That is not exactly what I want to hear while hiking about.

We turned back, and we followed the outflow of the lake instead. This was a much better hike as there were only a couple of kayaks on a crystal clear river. We hung out by the river for awhile, and we never made it to the higher altitude portions of the trail. One of the tricky things in our first few days in New Zealand was the late sunset. The mind was tricked into thinking it was much earlier than it was in reality. We ended up rushing back into town so as not to miss dinner.

Previous Visit (Queenstown: 1/8/2012)
Next Visit (Fiordland National Park: 1/9/2012)

Species Recorded (20)

Birds ( 19 )

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Swamp Harrier - Circus approximans

Cormorants ( Phalacrocoracidae )
Great Cormorant - Phalacrocorax carbo

Swans, Geese, and Ducks ( Anatidae )
Pacific Black Duck - Anas superciliosa
Canada Goose - Branta canadensis

Gulls, Terns, and Skimmers ( Laridae )
Black-billed Gull - Chroicocephalus bulleri

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
New Zealand Pigeon - Hemiphaga novaeseelandiae

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Yellow-fronted Parakeet - Cyanoramphus auriceps

Cuckoos ( Cuculidae )
Long-tailed Koel - Urodynamis taitensis

( Dacelonidae )
Sacred Kingfisher - Todiramphus sanctus

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Welcome Swallow - Hirundo neoxena

White-eyes ( Zosteropidae )
Silvereye - Zosterops lateralis

Fantails ( Rhipiduridae )
New Zealand Fantail - Rhipidura fuliginosa

Thrushes and Allies ( Turdidae )
Eurasian Blackbird - Turdus merula
Song Thrush - Turdus philomelos

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

( Acanthisittidae )
Rifleman - Acanthisitta chloris

( Pardalotidae )
Gray Gerygone - Gerygone igata

Cardueline Finches and Allies ( Fringillidae )
Common Redpoll - Acanthis flammea
Common Chaffinch - Fringilla coelebs




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