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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.

What’s been happening – from our Facebook
  • 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/

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    Global Flyway Network is a science based organisation dedicated to understanding the ecology, demography and movements of migratory shorebirds to determine effective conservation measures.

    April 21

  • 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.

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    April 16

  • White Face Heron

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    April 13

  • 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.

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    April 11

Recent sightings January 2014

Migrants and Vagrants
c 3500 Bar-tailed Godwit
1 Black-tailed Godwit
c 900 Red Knot
24 Pacific Golden Plover
28 Ruddy Turnstone
10 Sharp-tailed Sandpiper
1 Marsh Sandpiper
1 Pectoral sandpiper
2 Red-necked Stint
9 Curlew Sandpiper
1 Curlew seen only occasionally

NZ Species
1 Shore Plover
130 Wrybill
30 b dott
1 Kotuku (Great Egret)
15 Royal Spoonbill
Lots of Black-billed Gulls
Caspian Tern
White-fronted terns (check the boat club for the big flock)
1000+South Island Pied Oystercatchers

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