I was lucky enough to cover for the resident ranger in Motuihe Isand Te Motu-a-Ihenga for a weekend and the experience didn't disappoint!
Described as a "typical slice of the Hauraki Gulf" by the East Coast Bays Coastal Protection Society.(who led the MPA process back in the day), the Long Bay-Okura marine reserve hosts a good variety of nudibranches.
Taking advantage of the perfect tidal conditions, this morning I counted the roosting shorebirds found between the Weiti river entrance and Dacre Point.
Since I was in Wellington for a few days, I finally visited Te Papa's exhibition 'Te Taiao | Nature'. The expo features some of the conservation work I contributed to in Piha, among other success stories from around New Zealand.
I recently spotted some nest protective covers at Otamure Bay, in Northland, for nesting Northern New Zealand dotterel tūturiwhatu (Charadrius obscurus aquilonius).
I was fortunate enough to spend the last weekend doing a wader identification course at the Pūkorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre. After having had to postpone it the last two seasons, I was really looking forward to it and boy, it didn't disappoint. What an epic weekend of birding.
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