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Birdlife of Tiri Tiri Mathanghi

Listed under Birdwatching in North Island, New Zealand.

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Tiri Tiri Mathanghi is simply a heavenly experience where one can sit amdist the regenerating native bushland and enjoy only native birdsong. This island in Auckland Bay is home to many of New Zealand's endangered native birds, for example Kokako, Stitchbird and Takahe, and many of its less endangered birds too. You can sit on a bench along the boarded walks, which have drinking troughs built into handrails, and silently wait for the air to be filled with twitering tomtits and whiteheads, fantails and saddlebacks, and delight in an experience unparalleled since St Francis acted as a magnet to all living things.

If you are a birder then Tiri is one of the ten places you should visit before you die!

Written by  Bo Beolens.

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Gosh a lot of errors and typos in that but Tiritiri Matangi is truly magical and calls one back. I should know, I have been 350 times and am a guide there. Donald

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In all those trips do you think you've seen all the birds that live there?

History of Tiritiri Matangi

This island was reclaimed farm land and has been entirely regenerated by volunteers, who planted almost 300,000 trees and exterminated all non-native predators to develop it into a conservation island for rare and threatened birds.

Tiritiri Matangi is now home to saddlebacks, the red crowned parakeet, stitch birds, several varieties of the flightless takahe and the little spotted kiwi, among many others.

Volunteer conservationists will take you over to the island and show you around on the purpose built tracks which lead visitors away from threatened areas.

Tiritiri Matanga was also the site of New Zealand’s first light house.

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I believe I have seen all the Endemic New Zealand birds that have been translocated there and all the native land birds who mreside there. However there are occasional visitors and a great number of sea birds that drop by from time to time and Im always on the look out on the Ferry over and have seen a lot. THanks for the interest in THE MAGIC ISLAND Guide Donald

Would you say that there's a best time of year to visit then? To make sure that you see sea birds or migrating birds? Thanks for your advice.

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