Started the day extremely early, 5:00 o’clock, to arrive at Pureora NP around
daybreak (1,5 hour drive from Rotorua). Kaka (Nestor meridionalis septentrionalis,
Kaka) was common and noisy around the watchtower and a Long-tailed Koel
(Eudynamys taitensis, Langstaartkoël) was calling close to the tower but wouldn’t show.
A Rifleman (Acanthisitta chloris granti, Geweervogel) showed and New Zealand Robin
and Whitehead were common. Best bird by far was a New Zealand Falcon (Falco
novaeseelandiae, Nieuwzeelandse Valk) first flying by and later perched in a tree. For the
sake of time we decided to leave the place around 9:00 o’clock without Yellow-fronted