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A kotuku  was living at the Tomahawk Lagoon a couple of years ago. 
 
Photo by Craig McKenzie

Tomahawk Lagoon Bird Watching

Birds NZ —

On Earth Day Sunday 23 April from 10am to noon see birds close–up on Tomahawk Lagoon using spotting scopes. Birds NZ members will help  identify the birds that inhabit this area. Bring binoculars, if you have them. 

Tomahawk Lagoon is a good habitat for most of the species of duck found in New Zealand and if we are lucky we will see some waders as well - herons, stilts and oystercatchers. 

Most birds can be seen without walking, but for those who would like to explore further we will offer guided walks around part of the lagoon. It will depend on who turns up and what your interests are.

Come along any time between 10 am and noon to spot some of the special birds that inhabit and visit this area.

During the winter of 2013 seven kotuku (white herons) made the Tomahawk Lagoon their home and occasionally one is still present. 

The shrubs around the lagoon are alive with flocks of finches and silvereyes.

This is a Kiwi Guardian Explorers Medal event:  Birds NZ will give you a flyer that informs you how to redeem your Explorers Medal. Go to www.wilddunedin.nz and click on the medal icon on the homepage. Follow the instructions and a medal will be sent to you in the post.

 FREE event.

  • Suitable for all ages and fitness levels. 
  • Meet on the footpath beside Tomahawk Lagoon on Tomahawk Road just past the bridge. 

For further information phone (03) 464 0787 and remember to bring along your binoculars.