Magots in remains of dead baby bird.
Remains of a dead baby bird on Deliverance track.
Pictures of a few different individuals, all the same species I think. Less common than the cushion stars, but plenty about.
The classic common cushion star.
Another like 1171011, flat webbing between arms.
5 and 6 point common cushion stars. Lots of them about the sea floor, probably lots more under the sand, at low tide difficult to walk in the sea without treading on them.
Pretty sure this is still the common cushion star. But this one outdid all the others with one more arm.
Many blurry, very small, spiders residing in a branch which is slowly making it's way to Tory Street. A couple of arrows have been added with a black marker pen to decorate their homes. There is more than one photo of each, probably 3 or 4 individuals.
Another blurry spider. In the same branch as 1186990, but its hole appears to be lined with a bit of silk.
Above normal high tide..
An awful lot of larvae in a red coloured, stagnant looking, rockpool, with small flys landing and walking on the surface.
Seen alive at 7:40, then found an hour later, freshly predated.
Suspected dog attack, as two off-leash dogs seen leaving the area 10 minutes earlier, and a indicative quantity of saliva found on the body. I suspect that the death was quick - injurys were primarily to the head.
It appeared that the bird had recently fledged, but will describe the earlier observation seperately.
The remains were taken for further photography (to add), and have been sent for post mortem at Wildbase (Massey University).
Update; from Post Mortem report, accession no. 51626
Severe, extensive musculoskeletal trauma
This bird had multiple puncture wounds over the body as well as multiple bone fractures and the left eye had popped out and ruptured. Many of these injuries, especially to those around the head were associated with bruising indicating the bird was alive when these injuries occurred. Some of the injuries were not associated with bruising, a likely indication these injuries were inflicted soon after death.
These injuries are most consistent with a dog attack, possibly by a dog on the smaller size; the bird has died from these injuries but it also appears the dog has further shaken the bird soon after death.
Mustelids and cats may also attack the head area of birds, but the ruptured and proptosed eye and many of the other injuries are due to vigorous shaking of the bird, which is typical of a dog, not mustelids or cats.
Chewing holes in Ngaio leaves.
Probably Bombus ruderatus.