Bird Life

As with any coastal area there is a large sea and shore bird population from the common Red Billed gull to the less common Salvin’s Albatross. Little blue penguins also nest in the bushes along the foreshore.

These are the more common ones –Photos by Stephen Journeé

Black Backed gulls

Red Billed Gull

Variable Oystercatcher

White Fronted Tern

Black Shag

These are the less common ones, so keep your eyes open –Photos by Sophie Mormede

Salvins Albatross


Norhern giant petrel

Cape pigeon

Information on the species of birds comes largely from The Taputeranga Marine Reserve (second edition), Jonathan Gardner 2008; chapter 26, Birds of the South Wellington Region, by Ben Bell