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Lower Nihotupu Reservoir: 100% Full

Lower Nihotupu Dam

Lower Nihotupu Dam


The Auckland City water supply is fed from a number of reservoirs (and also from the Waikato river). Lower Nihotupu is one of five reservoirs in the Waitakere Ranges, in Auckland’s West. As one can just see at the bottom of the picture, the water runs over the lip of the spillway, making this 100% full.…

Three Spurwinged Plovers

Spurwinged Plovers at Lower Nihotupu Dam

Spurwinged Plovers at Lower Nihotupu Dam

The spillway of the Lower Nihotupu Dam is perfectly constructed to line birds up neatly to be photographed, especially when the water is up to the top and just overflowing. Three spurwinged plovers (they are called masked lapwing in Australian and Vanellus miles in Latin) have flown in for a brief rest and some serious preening.…

Winter Evening

View from Scenic Drive

View from Scenic Drive

The view from Scenic Drive just north of the Arataki Visitor Centre. The bush of the Waitakere Ranges in the foreground, the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir, and the Manukau Harbour. In the sky, the lower clouds have already lost the sun, whilst the higher clouds still get a faint pink.…

Smooth

Lower Nihotupu Reservoir

Lower Nihotupu Reservoir

The curve of the spillway of the Lower Nihotupu Reservoir is always fascinating. Here it frames the reflection of the hills in the calm waters.

This is one of several lakes in the Waitakere Ranges that supply water to the city of Auckland.…

Lined Up

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.…

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