James Dale

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Environment – NZ’s Angry Birds game

Pukeko are one of the most fascinating of our native fauna. Often unappreciated, these intelligent and charismatic birds are very easy to watch. Next time...

Environment – Winter songsters

Aotearoa New Zealand is famous for birdsong. The haunting music of the kōkako, the diverse harsh calls and whistles of the kākā, the piercing screams...

Environment – Tumbling tauhou

As winter approaches, our local birds shift to behavioural strategies that help them survive the coming seasonal challenges. Many kōtare (sacred kingfishers) move to coastal...

Environment – Essential pigeon post

In our garden, we are blessed with a medium sized karaka tree.  This is a New Zealand endemic species that is relatively abundant around the...

Environment – The secret lives of tūi

Despite tūī being a common and iconic endemic species of Aotearoa New Zealand, we still have much to learn about the biology of this remarkable...

Environment – Fraught flight for 4BWRB

One of my favourite harbingers of spring on the Hibiscus Coast is the arrival of our bar-tailed godwits, or kuaka.  Flocks of these magnificent shorebirds...

Environment – Killer kōtare

When we moved into our new home at Arkles Bay in 2015, I did not realise that our section was already occupied by another family....

Environment – Adopted or kidnapped?

Something very interesting is happening with a local pod of bottlenose dolphins. The pod has either adopted or kidnapped a calf of an entirely different...

Environment – The slater puzzle

The next time you are at the beach at low tide have a look in some of the little rock pools and you are likely...

Environment – Spoonbills are coming

Next time you are near a coastal mudflat or estuary, keep an eye out for giant white birds with long and bizarrely shaped beaks –...