Welcome to Miranda
|Miranda is the best site in New Zealand for seeing Wrybill.||Shorebirds of New Zealand:
Sharing the margins
Located only an hour from Auckland the Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop to escape the city and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the Miranda coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by. Visit the Shorebird Centre and find out what birds are around, stay with us for a weekend escape from the bustle of the city or join us for one of our regular events.
The global flyway network team is back up on the coast of the Bohai (in the yellow sea) to monitor red knot migration. So far they've been seeing lots of knots from NZ and Victoria, Australia. Here's a link to the latest update. Worth a read to find out what's going on. (Choose update 1) The Miranda team will be heading to Yalu Jiang a bit later this month. http://globalflywaynetwork.com.au/latest-news/
Global Flyway Network is a science based organisation dedicated to understanding the ecology, demography and movements of migratory shorebirds to determine effective conservation measures.
The Pacific Golden Plovers are one of the last Arctic migrants to leave Pukorokoro Miranda. There were 30+ looking splendid 10days ago. They leave us mid April to May. Perhaps this weather is just what they need to help them on their way. High tide on Easter Sunday is 10.30am.
White Face Heron
Star attraction at Pukorokoro Miranda now is the endemic wrybill. The latest estimate here was 2100 birds. A significant percentage of their total population.They are magnificent as they perform synchronized aerial acrobatics.