New Zealand – from top to bottom
I visited New Zealand for three weeks last November and made what i think was a valiant attempt to see all the country's mainland endemic birds (that is, those found on North, South, Tiritiri Matangi and Stewart Islands). I managed to see most, though I missed a few because of 'acts of god' such as flooding and avalanches (the Austral spring can be extreme in NZ, weather-wise!). However, I still managed to log three kiwi species, Black Stilt, Wrybill, all the breeding seabird endemics, three penguin species, Rifleman and many more.
The country and its wildlife are amazing and you can read all about my voyage of discovery in the current issue of Birdwatch magazine or in the pdf below.
My experiences on the several pelagic trips I went on while there will be covered in a forthcoming issue of Birdwatching, later this year.