IBA Trigger species: Black-billed Gull, Black-fronted Tern, Black Stilt, Wrybill, Australasian Bittern, Australasian Crested Grebe
Besides the trigger species the following species are confirmed or likely to be breeding: Pied Shag, Black Shag, Little Black Shag, Little Shag, White-faced Heron, Black Swan, Canada Goose, Paradise Shelduck, NZ Shoveler, Mallard, Grey Duck, Grey Teal, Australasian Harrier, Californian Quail, Pheasant, Little Owl, Pukeko, Marsh Crake, Australian Coot, Variable Oystercatcher, Pied Stilt, Banded Dotterel, Black-fronted Dotterel, Spur-winged Plover, Southern Black-backed Gull, Red-billed Gull, Caspian Tern, White-fronted Tern, NZ Pigeon, Shining Cuckoo, NZ Kingfisher, Welcome Swallow, NZ Pipit, Grey Warbler, South Island Fantail, Silvereye, Skylark, Hedge Sparrow, Blackbird, Song Thrush, Yellow-hammer, Chaffinch, Greenfinch, Goldfinch, Redpoll, House Sparrow, Starling, Australian Magpie.
Other species recorded: Australian Pelican, Spotted Shag, White Heron, Intermediate Egret, Little Egret, Cattle Egret, Royal Spoonbill, Glossy Ibis, Mute Swan, Chestnut-breasted Shelduck, Nankeen Kestrel, South Island Pied Oystercatcher, Pacific Golden Plover, Large Sand Plover, Mongolian Dotterel, Grey Plover, Turnstone, Red (Lesser) Knot, Curlew Sandpiper, Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, Pectoral Sandpiper, Red-necked Stint, Asiatic Dowitcher, Eastern Bar-tailed Godwit, Asiatic Black-tailed Godwit, Hudsonian Godwit, Siberian Tattler, Sanderling, Far-eastern Curlew, Whimbrel, Greenshank, Terek Sandpi-per, Painted Snipe, Little Tern, White-winged Black Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Bellbird.
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