Dunedin really is one of the world’s great small cities, especially if you are a lover of bird watching and photography.
Apart from the world’s only land based Royal Albatross colony, the blue penguins at Pukekura, yellow eyed penguins and royal spoonbills in the picturesque Otago harbour and surrounding bays, there is a wonderful opportunity to get up close and personal with a number of NZ native birds at our local ecosanctuary, Orokonui. We are so fortunate to have such a facility on our door step with the cheeky kaka, the fascinating takehe, the chirpy brown creepers, as well an abundance of bell birds, tuis, riflemen, robin and tomtits to name but a few! It was a joy recently to walk through the native bush at Orokonui and meet this mummy rifleman and her fluffy chick – a twitcher’s dream and a bird photographer’s favourite shot of the day. AND if you have time, you can travel 15 minutes up the road to visit Hawkbury’s Lagoon by Waikouati Beach to see even more wonderful feathered friends, including the NZ Shoveler duck, black swans and if you are lucky, a white heron.
So yes, Dunedin has great wildlife, culture, vibrancy and arts, and if you are a bird lover, it makes the perfect destination.
Happy twitching from bird photographer, Shaun Shale and twitcher wife Shaz Clark.