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Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers

Last Tuesday afternoon near full tide. A good sized flock of oystercatchers were roosting on the sandbank by Titirangi Beach. Suddenly, on no apparent signal, they lifted off, flying out into Paturoa Bay, turning a few circles, and settling down again.…

Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

These three were among a group of oystercatchers feeding in the outgoing tide by Orpheus Drive. One obviously has got a shell, while the others watch and hope to get a turn…

Two variable oystercatchers, and one Pied oystercatcher (front left).…

Oystercatchers

Oystercatchers, Mangere

Oystercatchers, Mangere

It was a grey afternoon, but perfectly still, hardly a ripple on the surface of the water in the bay by Kiwi Esplanade. The oystercatchers had flown in, driven by the rising tide, from their feeding grounds in the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour.…

Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

It was a fairly grey day, but the Manukau Harbour at Mangere was mirror smooth. As the tide moves in, these oystercatchers will have to find higher ground. Nice wing stretch.…

Four Oystercatchers

Four Oystercatchers

Four Oystercatchers

The tide is rising, and soon the birds will have to move. These are variable oystercatchers (Haematopus unicolor), a species occurring in New Zealand only. In the background the Ngunguru sandspit.

Find more weekend reflections at James’ Newtown Area Photo.…

Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

Three Oystercatchers

These are South Island Pied Oystercatchers (Haematopus ostralegus), in Wood Bay (map). When the tide comes in, they are pushed from the mudflats of the Manukau Harbour to the shore — where a photographer might be expecting them.…

The Volunteer

Jane

Jane

Taumanu Reserve is a recreational area of about 7 hectares of reclaimed land which has been constructed over the last three years or so. To be enjoyed by people, by the birdlife, and if unlucky, by rats and stoats and other unwanted creatures.…

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