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What

Magots Order Diptera

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 1, 2015 07:32 PM NZDT

Description

Magots in remains of dead baby bird.

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Perching Birds Order Passeriformes

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 1, 2015 07:10 PM NZDT

Description

Remains of a dead baby bird on Deliverance track.

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Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 22, 2015 01:56 PM NZDT

Description

Pictures of a few different individuals, all the same species I think. Less common than the cushion stars, but plenty about.

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What

New Zealand Common Cushion Star Patiriella regularis

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 22, 2015 02:06 PM NZDT

Description

The classic common cushion star.

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Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 22, 2015 02:05 PM NZDT

Description

Another like 1171011, flat webbing between arms.

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New Zealand Common Cushion Star Patiriella regularis

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 22, 2015 01:49 PM NZDT

Description

5 and 6 point common cushion stars. Lots of them about the sea floor, probably lots more under the sand, at low tide difficult to walk in the sea without treading on them.

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Seven pointer Patiriella regularis

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 22, 2015 01:48 PM NZDT

Description

Pretty sure this is still the common cushion star. But this one outdid all the others with one more arm.

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Western European Hedgehog Erinaceus europaeus

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 21, 2015 11:29 PM NZDT

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True Spiders Suborder Araneomorphae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 20, 2015 11:03 PM NZDT

Description

At night.

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True Spiders Suborder Araneomorphae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 20, 2015 11:00 PM NZDT

Description

Many blurry, very small, spiders residing in a branch which is slowly making it's way to Tory Street. A couple of arrows have been added with a black marker pen to decorate their homes. There is more than one photo of each, probably 3 or 4 individuals.

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True Spiders Suborder Araneomorphae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 20, 2015 10:51 PM NZDT

Description

Another blurry spider. In the same branch as 1186990, but its hole appears to be lined with a bit of silk.

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What

beach morning-glory Calystegia soldanella

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 06:27 PM NZDT

Description

Above normal high tide..

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Snakeskin Chiton Sypharochiton pelliserpentis

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 06:22 PM NZDT

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Gastropods Class Gastropoda

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 06:22 PM NZDT

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Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 06:21 PM NZDT

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Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 06:21 PM NZDT

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Conehead Katydids Genus Conocephalus

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 04:33 PM NZDT

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Mosquitoes Family Culicidae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 06:01 PM NZDT

Description

An awful lot of larvae in a red coloured, stagnant looking, rockpool, with small flys landing and walking on the surface.

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What

North Island Kaka Nestor meridionalis ssp. septentrionalis

Observer

bernardsmith

Date

January 17, 2015 08:40 PM NZDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Description

Seen alive at 7:40, then found an hour later, freshly predated.

Suspected dog attack, as two off-leash dogs seen leaving the area 10 minutes earlier, and a indicative quantity of saliva found on the body. I suspect that the death was quick - injurys were primarily to the head.

It appeared that the bird had recently fledged, but will describe the earlier observation seperately.

The remains were taken for further photography (to add), and have been sent for post mortem at Wildbase (Massey University).

Update; from Post Mortem report, accession no. 51626

DIAGNOSIS
Severe, extensive musculoskeletal trauma

COMMENTS
This bird had multiple puncture wounds over the body as well as multiple bone fractures and the left eye had popped out and ruptured. Many of these injuries, especially to those around the head were associated with bruising indicating the bird was alive when these injuries occurred. Some of the injuries were not associated with bruising, a likely indication these injuries were inflicted soon after death.

These injuries are most consistent with a dog attack, possibly by a dog on the smaller size; the bird has died from these injuries but it also appears the dog has further shaken the bird soon after death.

Mustelids and cats may also attack the head area of birds, but the ruptured and proptosed eye and many of the other injuries are due to vigorous shaking of the bird, which is typical of a dog, not mustelids or cats.

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Butterflies and Moths Order Lepidoptera

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 12, 2015 02:07 PM NZDT

Description

Chewing holes in Ngaio leaves.

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What

Buddleia Buddleja davidii

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 06:49 PM NZDT

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Mountain flax Phormium cookianum

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 04:50 PM NZDT

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Speedwells and hebes Genus Veronica

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 04:52 PM NZDT
Plants

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Plants Kingdom Plantae

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 04:48 PM NZDT

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What

Old man's beard Clematis vitalba

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 04:43 PM NZDT

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What

Monterey Pine Pinus radiata

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 04:40 PM NZDT

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Lily of the Nile Agapanthus praecox

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 19, 2015 04:30 PM NZDT

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Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 3, 2015 04:25 PM NZDT

Description

Probably Bombus ruderatus.

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Blackberry Rubus fruticosus

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 2, 2015 01:46 PM NZDT

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bear's breeches Acanthus mollis

Observer

tony_wills

Date

January 3, 2015 04:25 PM NZDT