Pied stilt 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 stilts were sheltering behind a few mangroves but the spoonbill was still with head tucked most of the time to withstand the breeze.
|Royal Spoonbill with Pied Stilt sheltering from the breeze.|