Tuesday, 16 October 2012

NZ Birding DVD by Paul Hopkins

In late 2011 I had the pleasure of meeting Paul Hopkins who was travelling New Zealand, and had been in touch with us about his trip to New Zealand.  He was going to tour the country in a campervan and try and fit as much birding into the 'sight-seeing' New Zealand tour with his very patient wife, as possible (many of us know this situation ;).  So he ended up doing a couple of pelagics with us, and we bumped into him in a number of places around the country as I was leading our Oct-Nov 2011 21-day tour (trip report here on our Wrybill Birding Tours, NZ website - and day by days are on this blog).

Well Paul has a bit of an interest in taking trip videos, and he produced one for his NZ trip which I have to say is an absolutely excellent introduction to New Zealand birds.  There is some great footage on this DVD, all taken during his trip, and includes Southern brown kiwi, Fiordland crested penguin, wrybill, black stilt, saddleback, yellowhead, takahe, stitchbird, and most of the other land endemics.  Also includes great footage of a bunch of seabirds, including New Zealand storm-petrel.  So if you are planning a trip and wanting to whet the appetite and see do some research this is a great DVD to have.


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