27 January, 2015 … almost done with the shorebirds

This was our second full day at Miranda.

Wrybills

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.

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Pectoral sandpiper

 

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

dotterels

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.

Godwits

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

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.

Heron

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.

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About wysiwygpurple

I am a family man, a passionate amateur photographer and a retired academic . What's the purpose of this blog? Well in the first instance it provides me with a platform from which to resume writing, an activity I greatly enjoy. What will the blog be about? Anything that takes my fancy but it is likely to arise from things I see and experience, in my family, in my travels, or anything else I feel like. Each daily post will contain one or more images made the previous day. Sometimes the image will illustrate the points made in the prose, and sometimes the prose will attempt to interpret the image. What kind of images will they be? Always safe for work and family. Usually they will be representational, and sometimes they will be impressionistic or experimental.
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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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