Blue duck dropping
Seen at Blue Lake
Group of five birds seen beside waterway. Very tame, obviously well used to cyclists stopping to admire them. Close to the well-named "Cowboy Paradise".
Single adult on dusk
Female had a metal band on right leg
Red Hut pair with 5 class 1-2 ducklings
Two adults with juvenile in the river.
single young duck.no sign of others in area
Pair of whio seen 100m upstream of Oroua stream campsite.
A pair sitting on rocks in the stream, one male one female
Blue Duck pair in river outside Central Whirinaki Hut
One pair and two individuals in the Toaroha River approximately 0.5 to 1.5 hours upstream of Cedar Flats Hut
Five Blue Duck pairs and Two individuals in the Matakuhia Stream. The first three pairs, and both individuals were withing the first hour walk north of Lower Matakuhia Hut.
The fourth pair were under a large log a further half and hour upstream, while the final pair were in the stream outside Upper Matakuhia Hut
Male and female in the pool next to the hut. Saw them several times from 24-26 April.
Right outside Mingha Biv in the late afternoon
One of pair is banded, with what appears to be too tight a band, causing leg to swell.
Pair seen regularly over 7 day period ~300m upstream from Blue Duck Creek & only ~600m downstream from another pair with duckling.
Pair of Blue Ducks with one well grown duckling (maybe 3-4 week old). A second healthy duckling disappeared 2-3 days previously. Obvious culprit to blame is a stoat, however there were numerous Weka (6-8) around the river flats that were often fighting.
A pair + 2 healthy, well grown ducklings (maybe 2-3week old). They were seen regularly over the next 14 days, but after 7 days one duckling disappeared (duckling on left in photo). The reduced family is entered as another observation from 10 Feb 2014
Family of four whio: two adults, two subadults; mid morning. In pool at confluence of Pohangina and first big side stream on true right downstream from Leon Kinvig hut.