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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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  1. Mama Zen

    Wow! Cool shot!

  2. Julie

    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!

  3. Pat, CA, USA

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

  4. Arija

    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.

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