Auckland – West                          Mainly West of Queen Street – seen through my lens

May 12, 2012

Lined Up

Filed under: Birds,Parau,Reflections — paul @ 6:56 am
Pied Stilts

Pied Stilts

Lower Nihotupu Reservoir is one of the lakes in the Waitakere Ranges which contribute to Auckland’s water supply. While the lake is off limits to humans, a range of birds take full advantage of it. Here we see a small flock of pied stilts (Himantopus himantopus, poaka) which have just flown in from the Manukau Harbour at full tide. They lined up nicely for me, but I was unable to get them to smile for the camera; instead, they hide their bills under their wings. A couple of black shags in the background.

And yes, the lake is full to overflowing — that’s reassuring.

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