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A new bird for New Zealand – laughing gull

Tue 7 Mar 2017

New Zealand's first laughing gull has been accepted by the Birds New Zealand Records Appraisal Committee after being identified in December in the Bay of Plenty.

Christmas arrived two days early for Waikato bird-watchers Annette Taylor and David Riddell when they spotted New Zealand's first laughing gull.

Read Colin Miskelly's blog for the whole story

A laughing gull sat on a post

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New Zealand’s first laughing gull, Opotiki wharf, January 2017. Photograph by Thomas Musson, New Zealand Birds Online