|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.
Jim and Adrian adding the finishing touches just before the rain came down. Wrybills merrily fed along the foreshore during all our banging and digging. Lovely to have their company.
Adrian on roof duty!
Another foray to repair and enhance our hides was made this chilly Saturday although fortunately the rain held off until the work was done. Adrian provided the expertise and equipment and Wendy, Jim and Keith some brawn, hammer hands and digging. Hopefully the roof leaks in the new hide are now sealed. New "wings" have also been added to either side of the hide - see the photos attached. With the help of some willing birders we also rolled the old hide back onto it's feet again - it having been felled some 3 days after it's last repair by another raging wind.
Bar-tailed Godwit from PM are on the Alaskan tundra, there are 19 hours of daylight there now. Time for adults and chicks to find plenty of food before the days shorten and the temperatures fall.Then they will return to us, the juveniles completing their first trans-Pacific flight at barely four months old. "Welcome to the Birds Day" is on October 12th. Hope to see you there to welcome them. "Who has seen the nest of the kuaka?" says the Maori proverb? Keith Woodley has! These are his photos from www.nzbirdsonline.org.nz