This was a disapointing night with no views of kiwi - mainly because of unexperienced guides with bad field skills. Listening for the kiwi walking on the ground is essential to find these birds, but our guide did not even once take her time to listen carefully. Short stops lasting less than 10 seconds is not even close to enough to hear the birds - even if they are close. Same problem with her "scanning the beach with a flashlite-tactique".
We are experienced birders and realized very soon that this would go wrong, so we kept a little bit distance to the rest of the group to be able to listen carefully away from the sounds of moving people. The two of us heard a kiwi call and move on the ground BEHIND the group. The rest of the group did unfortunately not have any encounters at all and because of this we at least got a 50% refund.
There are other operators offering kiwi-trips on Stewart island and we absolutely recommend to choose one of them. They are run by more experienced birders and cost way less.
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