|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.
Unexpected encounters with Variable Oystercatcher in the breeding season can be dramatic. One pair of VOC has a territory on the shellbank at Pukorokoro Miranda where human intrusion is limited to the occasional visit for predator control. Others nesting on popular beaches have more to contend with. The good news is, this long lived endemic is a species in recovery.
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Seagulls now appear on threatened species lists after numbers "crash for unknown reason".
A blog post with photos from a recent trip. Let me know if you would like copies to use for promotion of the Centre. http://www.tonywhitehead.com/wildlight/2014/10/miranda-shorebird-centre/
a bird photography trip to Miranda Shorebird Centre, waders, Godwits, Knots, White Heron, Skylark
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.