Please note that this blog is in two parts and there is more text and photos after that.
|Bar-tailed Godwits (Miranda)|
|Bar-tailed Godwits and Knot (Miranda)|
|Bar-tails, Knot and Sharp-tailed Sandpipers|
|Barwits and Knot (find the marked bird)|
|Wrybill (Miranda) + 2 photos below|
|high tide flock of Wrybills|
Now, on to other shorebirds. There are two species of Oystercatcher, the Black and the Variable (which is), and they are often found together. The same occurs with the stilts as there is Pied Stilt and the Black Stilt. The Black Stilt is in a precarious state and most birds are reared in large breeding aviaries, colour ringed for tracking and research purposes but although there is apparently suitable habitat there is no positive change in their numbers and wild bred birds are relatively few. These were found elsewhere as was New Zealand Dotterel. We saw a single Double-banded Plover and many days saw isolated Masked Lapwings where there was suitable habitat.
|New Zealand Dotterel (above and below, 2 photos)|
|Black Stilts (above and below, 2 photos)|