Last Friday, Rudi Hoetjes who is Regional Manager for Northland Fish & Game Council undertook the annual "parrie" trend count by flying over nominated sites and counting/estimating the number of birds available.
I've been asking ben Wilson @ AWF&G if we'd get a summer season and the news came through today.
1. Te Hana Irrigation Lake 550 Shelduck
2. Wellsford O2 Pond 900 Shelduck
3. Tapora Peninsula ponds 320 Shelduck
4. Tapora Peninsula Wetland 350 Shelduck 6 Black Swan
5. Kaipara Harbour (Glorit Area) 1,450 Black Swan (The swan were again all concentrated on this area and feeding on eel grass)
6. Kaipara Harbour 220 Shelduck
7. South Kaipara Heads Lakes 260 Shelduck 4 Black swan
8. Helensville O2 Pond 400 Shelduck
9. Tawharanui Peninsula 255 Shelduck
10. Omaha Beach O2 Pond 350 Shelduck
11. Snells Beach Pond 400 Shelduck
12. Snells Beach O2 pond 400 Shelduck
13. Spectacle Lake 50 Shelduck
The total time for the flight was 1 hour 45 minutes
Weather conditions clear with approximately 25 knots of wind.
This translates to enough birds for a special summer parrie season, to be held over 2 days (22 & 23 Feb) with a 10 bird per person per day limit. I found it to be a real highlight last year, so greet the news with anticipation and a bit of excitement.
The shotgun will come out of hiding.