Sunday, November 14, 2010
NEW ZEALAND TOUR FEB 2011 !!!!!!
Anyone wanna check out New Zealand in the austral summer? I lived there for a year back in 2008 and I'm very excited to take some people down to "the seabird capital of the world." The tour is 20 days out of Vancouver for only $5350 plus airfare. Yes it's a little pricey but if you compare to other bird-tour companies like WINGS and Eagle Eye, it's actually quite cheap! We'll visit all my favourite spots both on the ocean and in the interior. New Zealand is home to a variety of unique endemic species (many of which are flightless thanks to thousands of years without mammalian predators) and I'll do my best to get them all for you! So essentially the trip will focus on 1) Having a good time, 2)Seeing some amazing scenery 3)mainland endemics and 4) Seabird bonanza!
Feb 13-March 4 (2011)
Highlights of the trip include:
-Hauraki Gulf pelagic trip: targeting the recently rediscovered NZ STORM-PETREL, as well as several other petrel and shearwater species.
-Kaikoura pelagic trip: should get arodn 5 species of albatross on this trip alone!
-3 species of penguin!
-visiting the only mainland albatross colony in the world (Royal Albatrosses at Taiaroa Head near Dunedin, NZ--- my home town!)
-Several night-time KIWI expeditions
-Black Stilt (one of the rarest shorebirds in the world)
-Wrybill (one of the weirdest birds in the world)
-Kea [alpine parrot](according a recent BBC study, the smartest non-human animal in the World)
much more!!! Please email me directly and ASAP as this thing will start to fill up soon. (firstname.lastname@example.org] I can send you all the info you need, and of course answer questions on the birds, other animals, plants, and locations we will visit.
Here are some photos to tantalize your brain!
[White-capped Albatross-- a guarantee on this trip!]
[Campbell Island Albatross--- should see!]
[Battling Gibson's (Wandering) Albatrosses (3.5m wingspan) --- guaranteed!]