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Written by Jim Eagles, The New Zealand Herald   
Saturday, 15 May 2010

Despite all the searching I never did spy a bittern. That was a disappointment because I've never seen one of these big, cleverly camouflaged, endangered birds, though I have heard their booming call.

The number of guests is increasing steadily, mostly from overseas and often attracted by the retreat's emphasis on sustainable development

But during my bittern hunt I did get to see many other rarities, such as an ancient hilltop pa, the flower of the endangered sand daphne and a giant puriri tree with a big hollow full of cave wetas, as well as a host of other birds, many of them also rare. The place we were staying on, an old dairy farm on the coast just north of Whangarei, is now home to 63 bird species, 45 of them native, and 23 under threat.

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