A short trip to the top of the South Island in September to see a couple of rare native birds in the region. Australian Wood Duck or Maned Duck used to be Australian vagrants. They are quite common in Australia, and a couple have been nesting in the Mapua region near Nelson since 2015. I understand there are now about 12 birds. On my second visit to the Playhouse cafe pond I found three birds (two females and a male) on the grass beside the pond. Hoping they breed again this year.