A local birder who was reviewing my Flickr page pointed out that this bird's pink legs, pale nape, and striped back suggest that it's a Red-throated Pipit. I'm excited by this possibility...any thoughts?
Ah, the follies of youth. Soft-hearted gull lovers will be pleased and probably unsurprised to know that it took several minutes of walking around and gagging, but eventually it swallowed down that Ochre Star. Soft-hearted Ochre Star lovers will be less than pleased.
Two birds flying above the floating sooties. Smaller than Pink-footeds, with darker bills. Also, visible from shore.
New Zealand Spinach.