Saturday, February 8, 2020

Kaipara Count

A good paddle across to the island at high tide for the bird count. 1500 South Island Pied oystercatchers first count at the North end.

 Its very hot and we progress to our second target area where the waders are for some reason very skittish and unsettled. We struggle to use a scope to count the bird soup of red knots and bar-tailed godwit as the heat is causing a distracting shimmer..

High tide kaipara roost site

South Island Pied Oystercatchers

Settling down to count at the high tide roost area

Red Knot and godwit

Photos and More to follow...………………..