|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.
This white heron (or kōtuku) was photographed at Miranda Shorebird Centre Using canon 7D with canon 400mm. f2.8. ISo 100.
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They're baaaack! Tony Habraken reports some early arrivals of godwits on the Manukau on the 24th of August, so if you are out and about keep an eye open. Look for thin and skinny/keely birds possibly showing classic stress signs of drooping primaries, slightly fluffed out feathers. Band sightings welcome, email the Centre.
Shorebirds from "MiddleEarth". Not N.Z. this time but the Galapagos Islands on the Equator. Here the Striated Heron, Semi-palmated Plover, American Oystercatcher, and Whimbrel share the shore with Marine Iguana, foraging Darwin Finches and Mangrove Warblers. A very different shorebird environment to Pukorokoro Miranda.
Our migrant birds should be off the breeding grounds and feeding up for the long journey home by now, some like the godwit, come direct, others might stop in the Yellow Sea on their way. http://decision-point.com.au/images/DPoint_files/DPoint_81/separate_stories/dp_81_p8_hardplace.pdf
Around 100 Banded Dotterel spend the Winter months at PM, some residents and some from the S Island (others prefer Australia to over-winter). Now they are getting ready for the breeding season and will choose to stay in the north in estuaries and on beaches or head down south to the braided rivers. Thanks to Ray for the photo of a West Coast nest and Bartek Wypek for the BD photo.