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We flew into Invercargill late in the afternoon on Thursday, 8th March, where we picked up a rental car and drove east towards the Catlins. Our bookings for a Stewart Island trip had got a bit mixed up so we had a day to fill in. Prospecting the Catlins for a possible future trip seemed a better idea than shopping in Invercargill.

We stayed the night right on the beach at Curio Bay and were rewarded by seeing Hector dolphins surfing the waves there while on an after dinner walk along the beach.

Driving out the next morning saw spoonbills there as well, not to mentioned the petrified forest. We drove as far as Owaka, stopping off the Maclennan Falls where the bellbirds were just deafening. Also saw tomtit there. We went some way along the Catlins River walk where one is suppposed to find yellowhead but had no luck. Anyway saw enough to wet the appetite and think I will go back there next year.

Narena Olliver, Greytown, NZ.

Photo by Dave Curtis

Photo by Dave Curtis

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