Look for Kereru feeding on cabbage tree fruit.
All the cicada species in the park (about 8 species) are now singing. The loud chorus cicada will be winding up to its peak volume.
Walk in to the Waterfall Gully glow-worms while the evenings are warm. You may also hear the cricket-like sound of newly fledged moreporks calling their parents.
The chorus cicada, Amphipsalta zealandica, will be very loud in Waterfall Gully.
Paradise shelduck are nesting Aug/Sept.
Brown teal nest in the park and young seen through to about October.
From August through to January or later listen for skylarks singing in the open pasture land. Skylarks sing continuously high in the air and are often not visible.
A small number of whitebait enter the wetland at Okoromai Bay and can be seen swimming upstream. Glass eels return to our streams at this time also.
Kereru nest mainly between September and February- watch for their breeding display involving soaring up into the air then stalling and diving earthward.
Pukeko, spur-winged plover and pied stilt chicks sometimes seen around the Okoromai saltmarsh and wetland areas.
Shining cuckoo are again in the park having returned from overwintering in the tropical western pacific. They migrate north again in March.
Rewarewa are flowering and tui are busily feeding on their nectar.
Shoveler nesting through Oct/Nov
Cicadas starting to emerge and begin their summer song.
Pohutukawa are coming into flower later in the month, also attracting tui and bellbird with nectar.
Kanuka (the other NZ Xmas tree) are covered in white flower.
NZ dotterel and variable oystercatcher are nesting on Te Haruhi Bay above the high tide line so give them space.
Cabbage trees are flowering.
This is a good month to look at the glow-worms up Waterfall Gully. They are particularly good at the waterfall, only a 5-10 minute walk from the carpark.