We've arrived to Auckland after a 36 hours journey. We immdeately picked up our car and drove to north, to Kerikeri. We've met Carol and Detlef Davies in their guesthouse. Carol took us out looking for Kiwis. I was not aware of how difficult it is to see this bird. Despite our chances were not so good because of the strong moonlight, we saw 5 individuals and heard many more. These were the only kiwis on our trip (we heard Great Spotted Kiwis in the south).
We had full-moon that night, which should have reduced our chances (kiwis like pitch-dark), luckily that was not the case.
Northern Brown Kiwi. We saw 4-5 birds during the night.
I could photograph the bird in the torchlight, couldn't use flash.
Morepork, the only native Owl in New Zealand.