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Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 14 1:11 am
by mikullashbee
Hello birders,
Its been just over a year now since i left Victoria for my temporary life down under in Christchurch, NZ. It has been an amazing time and a very easy transition from life in British Columbia. I recently had an exciting sighting. The reason i share it here with you is because it was not only a first record for New Zealand but also an internationally exciting record.(Found by a B.C. birder) On November 25th i photographed a bird at Lake Ellesmere (the premier wader spot on the south island) that i thought was a Pectoral Sandpiper. Down here a Pec is a noteworthy bird, and the Sharp-tailed are the more common summer migrant. Excited about my find i shared it on the bird forum here and was quickly met with some scepticism about my bird. The bill was to long, the chest markings to faint, and it also had very dull plain upper parts and lacked colour in the legs. The images were sent out for confirmation to some wader experts in Australia for confirmation. As it would turn out what i had stumbled across was a Cox's Sandpiper(PectoralXCurlew Sandpiper). I wanted to share with you this article that contains more details about the find, and a couple of my images of this mega obscure hybrid.https://ccc.govt.nz/the-council/newsline/show/1268
Can't wait to visit B.C. this summer and hopefully get out birding with some of you,
Mike Ashbee
Christchurch, NZ
http://mikeashbee.smugmug.com

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 14 6:36 am
by SueCoastalObserver
What a find, "rarest bird in the world", now that is a LIFER! How exciting this must have been for you as this story unfolded, congratulations!

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 14 9:15 am
by courtjcam
That's so cool! Fantastic find, and great pictures as well!

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 14 12:04 pm
by birdergirl
Congratulations Mike!

That's an incredible find, 1st for NZ!!

You rock and you got gorgeous shots of it too!

Merry Christmas.

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 14 1:38 pm
by Isaac
Wow, congratulations Mike! Unbelievable find! :) Great photos too, it is a beautiful sandpiper!

Can this species reproduce or are they always first generation hybrids? Do they act as their own population distinct from Curlew and Pectoral Sandpipers, or is that still not known?

Again, congrats on finding the world's rarest bird!

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 14 4:13 pm
by Fancy
Wowee, awesome find!! That must have been such a cool experience! I find hybrids to be very cool, especially such uncommon ones like this.

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 15 12:14 pm
by mikullashbee
Thanks all. It was a very exciting find. An article hit the local Christchurch newspaper today.Hope everyone gets some great birding in over the holidays.
Cheers
Mike Ashbee

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 15 12:53 pm
by birdergirl
Very cool Mike, post a link to the article if you have it.

Cheers,
Mel

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 15 2:03 pm
by mikullashbee
Here is the article written by 'The Press' Newspaper here in christchurch, NZ
http://www.stuff.co.nz/environment/8759 ... -ellesmere
Cheers
Mike Ashbee

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 16 10:54 am
by featherweight
Wow Mike, congrats that is awesome and great photos to go with it!

I'd love to go birding with you when you're back in the summer! :wink:

Re: Hello from a B.C. birder in New Zealand

Posted: Dec 16 12:11 pm
by birdergirl
Fantastic Mike, thanks for posting the article, very interesting and I learnt something new.

I'm with Debra and would like to go shooting with you when you are back, like we used to. Maybe go for some of those targets in BC you still need.

Cheers,
Mel