You’ll have to forgive me, but I am excited.
Happily, I have my feet back on the ground, though still somewhat cautiously. So with freedom partially restored, I jumped in the car and went to Pauatahanui. There were some strangers on the South basin by the Forest and Bird hide. A pair of bar-tailed godwits were browsing in the mud of the shallow pond.
They were being harassed by the pied stilts who clearly were not pleased by the newly arrived competition.
After some squawking, the stilt would advance like a movie vampire, and the stilts would flutter off to another part of the pond. There, another stilt would take up the harassment.
I have to admire the godwits for their resilience in the face of such aggression. On the other hand, they are of a similar size to the stilts, so I was intrigued that they were intimidated by them.
As far as I can tell there is just a single pair of godwits, and they might normally be expected at Foxton and perhaps Waikanae. I had not seem them at Pauatahanui before, though they are listed as occasional visitors on the various information boards at the inlet.
What a relief to be able to get out again.