Friday, September 14, 2018

Godwits arrival to Shoal & Ngataringa Bays.

Following a tip- off that four godwit had been seen in Ngataringa Bay by Graham  on  Wednesday the 12th and following my return from the Kaipara I headed out on Thursday morning to find them.

This was timed perfectly with an article that I had been helping  a reporter from the North Shore Times put together and which appeared online the day before.
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  https://i.stuff.co.nz/environment/106850781/after-12000km-flight-godwits-arrive-in-auckland-bay-to-largescale-developments
      
 As I approached Ngataringa estuary just before high tide I saw two groups of birds take off probably due to the strong winds hitting the shell bank there and so they were flying in the direction  of Shoal bay. I was soon able to locate a small group of South Island pied oystercatcher ( SIPOS) and 10 bar-tailed godwit resting on a shell bank. Later I also found three other godwit on another shell bank also in Shoal Bay.

 The birds looked in remarkably good condition considering their 11.5 thousand kilometre flight from Alaska.



Today I returned to all three shell banks to check them out and the ten godwit were still present as a group with the SIPOS nearby.

Wednesday, September 12, 2018

FT Decoys

Helping with the deployment of some excellent Fairy Tern decoys on the shell patch sites in the Kaipara.



  More to follow...……………..

Saturday, September 1, 2018

Foggy Trek

Heading North. Cant see a thing. More to follow...…………….