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Monday, 29 October 2012

Interview with a Birder

Keith Woodley is the manager of the Miranda Shorebird Centre - the education, shop and accommodation centre - administered by the Miranda Naturalists' Trust, that I love to visit.
Recently he was interviewed for the Waikato Times Newspaper.
He talked about his background and how he came to be manager there for the last nearly 20 years, why he has enjoyed being a birder, and some of the current issues in the world of birds.

Keith Woodley, manager of the Miranda Shorebird Centre
Screen capture from http://www.stuff.co.nz/waikato-times/life-style/7872083/Have-you-heard
Click here for the article and the 4-minute interview.


  1. May I say to any visitors to this blog -from overseas or NZ itself - that a couple of nights at Miranda makes for a pleasant diversion. Peaceful and economical and if you time it right you'll see some fascinating bird life. You may also get to meet the great man himself - a world expert on the precarious plight of godwits.

  2. On behalf of Keith, thanks for the plug YP.
    He was interviewed on National Radio New Zealand this morning too...

  3. Could you get me his autograph?

  4. Do you want a copy of his new book with it in?


  5. Keith Woodley's name rings a bell with me but I can't remember the association... - Dave

  6. Dave, Keith has had two books published.
    "Godwits: Long-Haul Champions" and recently, "Shorebirds: Sharing the Margins". Perhaps you've seen his name on them.

  7. Looks like a lovely place. YP must have been bird watching there. Last year?
    We will see in January.

  8. It's virtually on your way from Auckland to Coromandel, Ben.

  9. Katherine, thanks for the suggestions. No, it wasn't his books. I wonder where he hails from. Would you know? - Dave

  10. Keith was raised in Invercargil Dave.