Story: Birdwatching

Observing birds at Farewell Spit

Observing birds at Farewell Spit

Farewell Spit is a 30-kilometre sandspit with extensive tidal mudflats. Under the Ramsar Convention, over 11,000 hectares are designated a wetland of international importance. Over 90 bird species have been recorded there, many of them migratory waders from the Arctic and Asia. Others include 12,000 black swans which come to moult, gannets which nest in colonies above the high-tide line, and little penguins. Herons, stilts, oystercatchers and shags come to feed on the tidal flats. Visitors need to get a permit through tour organisers.

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Gordon Ell, 'Birdwatching - Alpine, wetland, coastal and marine birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 9 August 2022)

Story by Gordon Ell, published 24 Sep 2007, reviewed & revised 17 Feb 2015