New Zealand Seabird Expeditions - Circumnavigation of New Zealand
Fully-dedicated pelagic bird-watching cruises through some
of the richest known areas for seabirds in the world
Dates: 4 - 28 March 2006
Duration: 24 days (two consecutive voyages 12 days each)
Price per person: TBA
Limited to 10 passengers
Download full itinerary for
Circumnavigation of New Zealand (1mb PDF).
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NEW ZEALAND CIRCUMNAVIGATION SEABIRD EXPEDITION 2006 n(195kb PDF)
New Zealand has the most diverse seabird community in the world. Ninety-five
species breed in the New Zealand region including 35 species (42%) that are
endemic (breed nowhere else). In addition many other seabirds from across the
Great Southern and tropical South Pacific Oceans visit New Zealand waters,
making a visit Downunder for seabirds a truly memorable experience. The convoluted
coastline of New Zealand is extraordinarily beautiful from the sea, and our
Circumnavigation of New Zealand is the only trip of its kind. It is a
fully dedicated seabird cruise around the three main islands and down to the
Snares. Scheduled for March each year it is timed to see as wide a range of
seabirds as possible Ė either breeding or visiting these waters. Our aim is to
explore areas that are rarely visited, certainly from a seabird perspective.
We canít fully predict what we might see, especially in those remote areas
off Fiordland and along the western coasts of all three major islands,
which makes the prospect so much more exciting.
Two consecutive voyages, incorporating four legs following a figure-of-eight
route around New Zealand:
VOYAGE SOUTH (Tauranga to Bluff)
Leg 1. Tauranga to Marlborough Sounds (5 days)
Leg 2. Marlborough Sounds to Bluff (including Snares) (7 days)
VOYAGE NORTH (Bluff to Tauranga)
Leg 3. Bluff to Marlborough Sounds (9 days)
Leg 4. Marlborough Sounds to Tauranga (3 days)
Join MIKE IMBER (NZ's leading seabird authority) and CHRIS
GASKIN / KAREN BAIRD (Expedition leaders) for something very
different a ship-based expedition joining together all those
pelagics weve dreamed of doing around NZ mainland. And at
a time of the year great for seabirds!
Well search the continental shelf edge and oceanic rises,
deep water canyons and a number of key offshore islands Snares,
Solanders, Three Kings, White Island. Also, Chatham Rise.Remote
landings will include Fiordland, Stewart Island, plus Marlborough
Sounds and the West Coast.
There will be many opportunities to chum en route to increase the
chances of picking up hard-to-get species. Our vessel is ideal for
close viewing of seabirds and other marine life.
The convoluted coastline of New Zealand, with its many islands
is extraordinarily beautiful from the sea, and our New Zealand
Circumnavigation Seabird Expedition is the only trip of its
kind. Scheduled for March each year it is timed to see the maximum
number of seabirds - either breeding or visiting these waters.
Our route will encompass New Zealand and is divided into consecutive
journeys: Combined, they will trace a figure-of-eight route around
New Zealand, passing the Poor Knights Islands, North Cape, Three
Kings Islands, Cape Egmont (Taranaki), Queen Charlotte Sound (Marlborough
Sounds), Cook Strait, Kaikoura, Chatham Rise, Banks Peninsula, Otago
Peninsula, Stewart Island, Snares, Solanders, Fiordland, South Island's
West Coast, Hawke Bay, East Cape and White Island (Bay of Plenty).
You can take one or both of the two voyages.
Contact us at email@example.com
for more details and checklist.
Mike Imber has recently retired from the
Department of Conservation where he worked for 40 years (including
21 years with the Wildlife Service) as a seabird and waterfowl biologist.
He has specialized in research on petrels, particularly the Pterodroma
and Procellaria species and storm petrels. This work has taken him
onto many islands in the South Pacific, Indian, South and North
Atlantic Oceans, and has led to the publication of over 50 papers
and contributions to three books (Reader's Digest NZ birds; HANZAB;
the current Checklist of NZ birds). Around New Zealand he has worked
particularly on Whale Island (Bay of Plenty), Little Barrier, Chatham
Islands, Codfish Island and Antipodes Islands. Many of these studies
have been of the breeding biology of petrels, particularly in relation
to the dire effects of introduced predators, and hence concerning
the conservation of these petrels, but he has also carried out much
research on the birds' diets of squids, fish and crustaceans, which
has led on to work on diets of other marine animals (albatrosses,
penguins, seals, whales and fish). He has a passion for the gadfly
petrels (Pterodroma species), and there is nowhere else in the world
that one would be better off for these than in New Zealand. He enjoys
pelagic birding best of all but also is a keen beach patroller and
wader watcher, and was on the Rare Birds Committee for many years.
Mike Imber baning Little Shearwater, Mokohinaus
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