Thinornis novaeseelandiae - NZ shore plover
I had my eye out for a Charadrius rubricollis (Hooded Plover) and finally saw one. A beautiful bird!
A couple of birds on the beach, one with two ringed legs
4 on beach
Images (taken by Dave M. Houston) of a pair following us as we traversed the northern landing shore platform.
Poor quality images of pairs that followed me around all morning whilst I was happily collecting saxicolous, crustose lichens. A frustratingly difficult bird to photograph with a poor quality camera (note to self - buy better camera). As you hammer out lichens they happily sit next to you contributing sympathetic 'peeps' when you bash your hand, but when you stop and point a camera at them they *&^% off... Still good to see they are still around, the world would be a poorer place without them.