This is the New Zealand Dotterel, highly endangered with a mere 1700 birds still wading the the shoreline in the wild. They nest in the sand, leaving their eggs and young vulnerable to all the intruders that have taken up residency in this country from rats and stoats to cats and dogs and people wandering across the sand…    So a real delight to spot this beauty on Pakiri Beach on the east coast about an hour north of Auckland this past weekend. She was happy to stop and pose for pictures.

The New Zealand Dotterel

This is the New Zealand Dotterel, highly endangered with a mere 1700 birds still wading the the shoreline in the wild. They nest in the sand, leaving their eggs and young vulnerable to all the intruders that have taken up residency in this country from rats and stoats to cats and dogs and people wandering across the sand… So a real delight to spot this beauty on Pakiri Beach on the east coast about an hour north of Auckland this past weekend. She was happy to stop and pose for pictures.

Bringing up Baby - These is a parent and chick takahe, an extremely endangered species. They have been reintroduced to the wild on Tiritiri Matangi Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. This was a touching moment of the chick being fed the supplemental food.

Bringing up Baby

Bringing up Baby - These is a parent and chick takahe, an extremely endangered species. They have been reintroduced to the wild on Tiritiri Matangi Island in Auckland's Hauraki Gulf. This was a touching moment of the chick being fed the supplemental food.

Australian White Ibis - When wildlife goes … Pigeons, seagulls, sparrows, robins and other urbanised birds don’t strike me as out of place – but the urbanised ibis seems very sad. They are native to northern Aus but were introduced to the southern part of the country in the 60s and 70s. This fellow is probably descended from the free range birds ‘kept’ in the Sydney Zoo that were allowed to go feral. As they are native, they are a protected species, but they have become rare in the wild now.

The terror of the Australian White Ibis

Australian White Ibis - When wildlife goes … Pigeons, seagulls, sparrows, robins and other urbanised birds don’t strike me as out of place – but the urbanised ibis seems very sad. They are native to northern Aus but were introduced to the southern part of the country in the 60s and 70s. This fellow is probably descended from the free range birds ‘kept’ in the Sydney Zoo that were allowed to go feral. As they are native, they are a protected species, but they have become rare in the wild now.

The gift... that keeps on giving...

The Gift

The gift... that keeps on giving...

Tuhuna Cormorant - I continue my mission to photograph New Zealand’s birds. This lovely cormorant was presiding over a mangrove mudflat at Tahuna Torea, a reserve in Auckland’s eastern suburbs. He had rather a lot to say.

Tuhuna Cormorant

Tuhuna Cormorant - I continue my mission to photograph New Zealand’s birds. This lovely cormorant was presiding over a mangrove mudflat at Tahuna Torea, a reserve in Auckland’s eastern suburbs. He had rather a lot to say.

Out Standing... in their field...  Yeah, yeah… but is what they do and what they were doing. I am especially fond of the bull in the hole. I’m sure there’s a twisted cliche in there – but one is probably enough for tonight…

Out Standing… in their field

Out Standing... in their field... Yeah, yeah… but is what they do and what they were doing. I am especially fond of the bull in the hole. I’m sure there’s a twisted cliche in there – but one is probably enough for tonight…

Whatever Will Bee - You know you’re a photographer when you spot trouble and run to it, get up and close as you can and poke your nose in.    Notice his tongue? Don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a bee tongue before. Wonder how sharp it is…

Whatever Will Bee

Whatever Will Bee - You know you’re a photographer when you spot trouble and run to it, get up and close as you can and poke your nose in. Notice his tongue? Don’t think I’ve ever actually seen a bee tongue before. Wonder how sharp it is…

Black Swan - just not cuddly

Black Swan

Black Swan - just not cuddly

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