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.

For more weekend reflections, go to James’ Weekend Reflections site.


  1. Wow! Cool shot!

    Comment by Mama Zen — May 12, 2012 @ 7:27 am

  2. Lovely red legs on your stilts, Paul. Interesting that the lake is out of bounds for humans. I feel sure that people here would simply ignore that!

    Comment by Julie — May 12, 2012 @ 9:11 am

  3. Wonderful reflections of the long-legged pied stilts! Their legs definitely look like stilts!

    Comment by Pat, CA, USA — May 12, 2012 @ 12:41 pm

  4. Tanks for the explanation. They looked almost like pied oystercatchers but not. Nice to know that they are stilts. Great shot, like fairy floss on a pink stick.

    Comment by Arija — May 12, 2012 @ 7:11 pm

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