August 14, 2014 … a birding congress

A busy morning yesterday led me to go out to the inlet after lunch.

Various birds

A wide variety of shorebirds at Pauatahanui

Just near Ration Point, there was a large congregation of birds including black swans, Royal spoonbills, Canada geese, mallard ducks, NZ shoveller ducks, masked lapwings, pied stilts, pied oystercatchers, and probably a few others I didn’t see.

Mixed flock

Caspian tern with a flock of pied oystercatchers

I did my best “twinkle-toes” impersonation to sneak up on a group of pied oystercatchers and was astonished to see a Caspian tern attempting to be part of the gang. I agonised over whether these are variable oystercatchers (Haemotopus unicolor) or the South Island pied oystercatcher (Haemotopus finschi)  and based on the slender bill and the height of the white patch on the side have opted for the pied oystercatcher.


Caspian tern in flight

Moments later another Caspian tern flew low overhead and I got a good look at just how massive its beak is compared to the smaller terns.

That’s my lot for the day.


About wysiwygpurple

Retirement suits me well. I spend much of my time out making pictures, or at home organizing and refining my pictures. This blog provides me with a platform from which I can indulge my passion for improving my photography and at the same time analyze my thoughts about what I have seen, where I have been and what is happening in my life. My images set out to be honest, but that does not mean I have not adjusted them. I use software to display what I saw though the viewfinder to best advantage. My preference is for landscape and nature, and is mostly centred around my hometown of Wellington, New Zealand.
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