26-11-2004

An early morning try for Kokako (Callaeas cinerea, Kokako) at the Wattle
Track (where the track crosses the Wharf road) only resulted in one skulking bird after
1,5 hours of searching, pointed out to me by my wife (I was looking in the wrong
direction). Upon arrival at the bunk house rumours spread that the boat was not coming
today due to the windy conditions. And indeed we were stuck for another day. Weather
was bad with strong winds indeed and heavy showers including hale! Every once in a
while we tried to bird a bit. To kill time I joined a Dutch student ringing a young Robin.
In the afternoon I spent my time seawatching. My first experience was impressive indeed,
hundreds of Fluttering Shearwaters, twice as much Australian Gannets (Morus
serrator, Pacifische Jan-van-gent), over 12 Buller’s Shearwater (Puffinus bulleri,
Bullers Pijlstormvogel) counted, (at least) 2 Common Diving-Petrels (Pelecanoides
urinatrix, Alkstormvogeltje) and my first Flesh-footed Shearwater (Puffinus carneipes,
Australische Grote Pijlstormvogel), great! In the evening again a few calling Little
Spotted Kiwis but nothing to see. The second night was free of charge since we were not
able to leave the island but we compensated that with an extra gift to the volunteers of the
island.