Thinornis novaeseelandiae - NZ shore plover
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.
One pair with others occasionally haggling over territory
No bands on its legs
The Shore Dotterel or Shore Plover (Thinornis novaeseelandiae) is a small species (20 cm in length, 60g) of Plover endemic to New Zealand. Its Māori name is Tuturuatu. It is a brown and white bird with a white-edged black mask and a brown crown.