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