27 January, 2015 … almost done with the shorebirds

This was our second full day at Miranda.


Wrybills. I had never seen even one before.


Armed with yesterday’s experience, things should have gone better and to some extent they did. On the other hand, the wind ruffled the water, and there were less than half the number of birds compared with the previous day. Still, we were blessed with more expert knowledge by way of guides and experienced “twitchers” to fill gaps in our knowledge. My first shot of the day is of a flock of wrybills. These are apparently unique to New Zealand, and for some reason, their bills are curved sideways, but always to the right.


Pectoral sandpiper


A solitary bird was browsing in front of the hide, and I was informed that this is a Pectoral Sandpiper.


Banded dotterel flocking


Next, a flight of banded dotterels filled our view. It’s amazing that such delicate and endangered little birds can make such an impression.


Bar-tailed godwits shifting to the pond


As on the previous day, the godwits were by far the majority presence, and I am struck by their sleek appearance in flight. If you are going to fly 12,000 km non-stop you had better have no drag.


Various birds, mostly golden plover


On the way out, we paused at one of the ponds where a mixed group was sitting. Something startled them and they took to flight. This shot has many birds, most of them are Pacific Golden Plover so I am told.


The sun has gone …


My last shot was almost not a bird shot, but a sunset. How could I resist the heron in the tree?

The homeward journey tomorrow.


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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2 Responses to 27 January, 2015 … almost done with the shorebirds

  1. Ellen says:

    The sun has gone … so Oriental, just lovely

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