21
taxa
7 plants
3 birds
2 insects
1 arachnid
2 other animals
5 mollusks
1 ray-finned fish
1
1 life list first

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What

Kokihi Tetragonia implexicoma

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:01 PM NZDT

Description

Growing at the top (20m above the beach) in the back dunes. Sheltered under a tree. Only plant growing in the area.

Speciman collected

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Beach Spinifex Spinifex sericeus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:03 PM NZDT

Description

Female plant.
Growing on the back dunes about 20m above high tide. Patches of this in this area.

Specimen collected

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Beach Spinifex Spinifex sericeus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:04 PM NZDT

Description

Male plant.

Growing beside the track climbing up to the top. Back of the foredunes, about 10m from the high tide mark. Locally common.

Specimen collected.

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What

Pingao Ficinia spiralis

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:06 PM NZDT

Description

Growing on the foredunes, about 4m from the high tide mark. Locally common.

Specimen collected.

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:37 PM NZDT

Description

More of the blue fleet washed up on a stormy day.

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What

Sea Swallow Glaucus atlanticus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:38 PM NZDT

Description

The stars of the blue fleet.

The sea swallow - Glaucus atlanticus can be identified by the two dark stripes with a silver strip inside them on the top (as seen in this obs) , while the Glaucus bennettae has two dark stripes that are have a blue strip inside them, instead of silver.

G.atlanticus is larger, up to about 30mm while G.bennettae is smaller - about 12-15mm.

If you ever come across a washup take a close look at different Glaucus, as once you spot the difference they are easy to tell apart, even at a quick glance.

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What

Sea Swallow Glaucus atlanticus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:43 PM NZDT

Description

The stars of the blue fleet.

The sea swallow - Glaucus atlanticus can be identified by the two dark stripes with a silver strip inside them on the top (as seen in this obs) , while the Glaucus bennettae has two dark stripes that are have a blue strip inside them, instead of silver.

G.atlanticus is larger, up to about 30mm while G.bennettae is smaller - about 12-15mm.

If you ever come across a washup take a close look at different Glaucus, as once you spot the difference they are easy to tell apart, even at a quick glance.

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What

Sea Swallow Glaucus atlanticus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:48 PM NZDT

Description

Even though I have put up this series of photos which are not showing them in the usual position that I photograph them because of the colours on the top (explained below) the species can be identified.

The stars of the blue fleet.

The sea swallow - Glaucus atlanticus can be identified by the two dark stripes with a silver strip inside them on the top (as seen in this obs) , while the Glaucus bennettae has two dark stripes that are have a blue strip inside them, instead of silver.

G.atlanticus is larger, up to about 30mm while G.bennettae is smaller - about 12-15mm.

If you ever come across a washup take a close look at different Glaucus, as once you spot the difference they are easy to tell apart, even at a quick glance.

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:50 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

Dwarf Janthina Janthina exigua

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:51 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet washed up in this turbulant tide, ridges prominent.

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What

Violet Sea Snail Janthina janthina

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:52 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet washed up in this turbulant tide, still with the bubble raft.

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What

Violet Globe Snail Janthina globosa

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:52 PM NZDT

Description

I think this species.

Part of the blue fleet washed up in this turbulant tide, one still with the bubble raft.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:53 PM NZDT

Description

These float upside down so the first photo shows what is usually visable under water, or the dorsum, while the other photos, showing what is visable from the top of the water, or the foot, helps with the ID as explained below.

The stars of the blue fleet.

The sea swallow - Glaucus atlanticus can be identified by the two dark stripes with a silver strip inside them on the top, while the Glaucus bennettae has two dark stripes that are have a blue strip inside them, instead of silver (as seen in this obs) .

G.atlanticus is larger, up to about 30mm while G.bennettae is smaller - about 12-15mm.

If you ever come across a washup take a close look at different Glaucus, as once you spot the difference they are easy to tell apart, even at a quick glance.

Photos / Sounds

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:54 PM NZDT

Description

The stars of the blue fleet.

The sea swallow - Glaucus atlanticus can be identified by the two dark stripes with a silver strip inside them on the top, while the Glaucus bennettae has two dark stripes that are have a blue strip inside them, instead of silver (as seen in this obs) .

G.atlanticus is larger, up to about 30mm while G.bennettae is smaller - about 12-15mm.

If you ever come across a washup take a close look at different Glaucus, as once you spot the difference they are easy to tell apart, even at a quick glance.

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:55 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

Photos / Sounds

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:55 PM NZDT

Description

The stars of the blue fleet.

The sea swallow - Glaucus atlanticus can be identified by the two dark stripes with a silver strip inside them on the top, while the Glaucus bennettae has two dark stripes that are have a blue strip inside them, instead of silver (as seen in this obs) .

G.atlanticus is larger, up to about 30mm while G.bennettae is smaller - about 12-15mm.

If you ever come across a washup take a close look at different Glaucus, as once you spot the difference they are easy to tell apart, even at a quick glance.

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What

Sea Swallow Glaucus atlanticus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:56 PM NZDT

Description

Wriggling in the foam of the surf

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Sea Swallow Glaucus atlanticus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:58 PM NZDT

Description

In a deep pool that was so murky it does not look like I took this at the beach.

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What

Sea Swallow Glaucus atlanticus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 01:59 PM NZDT

Description

Cruising around the rock pools looking for a calm spot.

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:04 PM NZDT

Description

More of the blue fleet washed up on a stormy day.

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What

By-the-wind Sailor Velella velella

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:05 PM NZDT

Description

More of the blue fleet washed up on a stormy day.

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:09 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:13 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

By-the-wind Sailor Velella velella

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:15 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

Sand Wind Grass Lachnagrostis billardierei

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:20 PM NZDT

Description

Locally common. Growing behind the foredunes in a hollow before the next lot of dunes and surrounded by kowhangatara (Spinifex sericeus) which is the main plant in this area and pockets of Sand Coprosma (Coprosma acerosa). A few weeds scattered around.

Specimen collected.

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What

Sand Coprosma Coprosma acerosa

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:21 PM NZDT

Description

Locally common. Growing behind the foredunes in a hollow before the next lot of dunes and surrounded by kowhangatara (Spinifex sericeus) which is the main plant in this area and pockets of Sand Wind Grass (Lachnagrostis billardierei). A few weeds scattered around.

Specimen collected.

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What

Sea Swallow Glaucus atlanticus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:23 PM NZDT

Description

Although the prominent silver strip down the middle of the body is not prominent, the long tail is also a distinguishing feature of G. atlanticus, as G. bennettae have short tails, that almost appear to be a part of all the "frills".

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What

Southern Black-backed Gull Larus dominicanus ssp. dominicanus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:32 PM NZDT

Description

Fresh eyeballs.

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:41 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

By-the-wind Sailor Velella velella

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:42 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

Blue Button Porpita porpita

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:42 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

Dwarf Janthina Janthina exigua

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:43 PM NZDT

Description

Identifyable by the prominent ridges

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Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:44 PM NZDT

Description

Lots more of these found - they seemed to only want to be with their own as no G. atlanticus were found in this area.

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Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:45 PM NZDT

Description

Lots more of these found - they seemed to only want to be with their own as no G. atlanticus were found in this area.

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Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:47 PM NZDT

Description

Lots more of these found - they seemed to only want to be with their own as no G. atlanticus were found in this area.

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What

Australian Black Field Cricket Teleogryllus commodus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:54 PM NZDT

Description

Lots of these dead on the beach.

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What

Australian Burrfish Allomycterus pilatus

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:54 PM NZDT

Description

Fresh fish but the karoro only ate the eyes

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Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:55 PM NZDT

Description

Lots of these dead on the beach.

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What

Northern New Zealand Dotterel Charadrius obscurus ssp. aquilonius

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 02:59 PM NZDT

Description

Finally! Nice to see one of these again seeing as they got kicked out of home when all of the tourists, hoons, holiday makers and rude, not caring about wildlife people invaded Nov/ Dec / Jan but thoese have all gone so we can get back to the way things should be :)

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What

By-the-wind Sailor Velella velella

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 03:11 PM NZDT

Description

Part of the blue fleet

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What

Little Shag Microcarbo melanoleucos ssp. brevirostris

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 03:13 PM NZDT

Description

Enjoying ahving the place back.

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What

Nurseryweb Spider Dolomedes minor

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 03:19 PM NZDT

Description

By the track

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What

New Zealand Flax Phormium tenax

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 03:20 PM NZDT

Description

Stormy day but still beautiful.

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What

Formosa Lily Lilium formosanum

Observer

tangatawhenua

Date

February 7, 2019 03:22 PM NZDT

Description

I think.