|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.
Both of these gull species are under threat. The Red-billed Gull is "nationally vulnerable". BirdsNZ has started a 2-3 year study. The Black-billed Gull is a NZ endemic with a "nationally critical" status. It is the most threatened gull species in the world, there has been a 75% decline in numbers over last 30 years.Currently there are hundreds of BBG on the shellbank at Pukorokoro Miranda, it is one of the few N. Island breeding sites and we hope that they will be successful this season. Identifying mature birds is easy. The RBG has a heavier, shorter red bill. It is often seen round the fish and chip shop at Kaiaua. The BBG has a longer, slender black bill and paler wings with a white leading edge seen in flight. Immature birds are more difficult to identify. See www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz Thanks to Ian Southey for the photos.
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Visitors to Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre are often fascinated by our resident pukekos, though they are not shorebirds.This is an idyllic picture of a family following a vegetarian lifestyle. Sometimes appearances can be deceptive. Their bill is a powerful weapon and ducklings can appear on their menu.
Can you find the Wrybill?
A very successful open day at the centre on Sunday. Adrian Riegen gave us a very interesting talk on the results of the work at Yalu Jiang since 1999, and the report that was produced by the Trust . In the photo Chair Gillian Vaughan introduces Adrian.