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The nest of a poaka (pied stilt) on the Waimakariri Riverbed.
Interestingly the parents were doing their distraction display a good 100m away and I was so busy watching them I nearly stood on this nest before seeing it!
Stilt is a common name for several species of birds in the family Recurvirostridae, which also includes those known as avocets. They are found in brackish or saline wetlands in warm or hot climates.