I had been tipped off that 4 Royal Spoonbill had been seen in Shoal bay feeding in the estuary about two hours before high tide so I have been looking out for them. Today was a 3.5 metre high tide and so I was checking out the usual high tide roosts that I like to keep an eye on to monitor shorebird numbers.
Pied still are plentiful at the present time and South island pied oystercatchers. However just a sprinkling of wrybill and banded dotterel so far this season.
At my last shell bank count this morning I was pleased to see a solitary Royal Spoonbill alongside 99 pied stilt and 23 bar-tailed godwit bracing against a stiff southerly. Some of the pied slits were sheltering behind a few mangroves but the spoonbill was still with head tucked most of the time to withstand the breeze.