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Little Egret Egretta garzetta

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 10:24 AM NZST

Description

For some weeks I haven't seen our estuary visitor, but this morning it was back.

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Royal Spoonbill Platalea regia

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 10:22 AM NZST

Description

One spoonbill busy feeding, no sign of any of the others.

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Katipo Latrodectus katipo

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:49 AM NZST

Description

Two invading katipo predators in this web, with the three katipo - this adult female in the first photo, and two juveniles in later photos. Both predators were killed off before they extinguished the katipo.

ref. also
https://inaturalist.nz/observations/14599684
https://inaturalist.nz/observations/14599799

The vast majority of these invasions of katipo webs, the ending is not so happy.

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:49 AM NZST

Description

One of two Mimetids seen today, both in katipo webs, before the katipo was caught. This web also had one Sidymella, and three katipo. In the end, only the katipo survived.

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:48 AM NZST

Description

For the many dozens of times I've arrived at a katipo web empty of katipo, but occupied by S.trapezia, very occasionally I get there before the dirty deed is done, as in this case.

In addition to the S.trapezia seen in back, there's a katipo spiderling visible, and one Australomimetus hartleyensis. There are two more katipo also not visible. Careful work eliminated both spider predators without any damage to the katipo, although the katipo web suffered somewhat. Small price to pay.

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Pingao Ficinia spiralis

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:44 AM NZST

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Tauhinu Ozothamnus leptophyllus

Observer

arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:36 AM NZST

Description

I don't recall seeing any other Tauhinu this particular morning.

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Brown House Spider Steatoda capensis

Observer

arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:30 AM NZST

Description

The wee brown spiderling in the first photo. Unusually, this was the only S.capensis sighted on this morning's trip. This same Spinifex plant held an adult female katipo, and two juveniles, as well as one Mimetid. Only the katipo survived my visit.

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Kokihi Tetragonia implexicoma

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:25 AM NZST

Description

Sole exemplar seen this morning.

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Knobby Clubrush Ficinia nodosa

Observer

arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:15 AM NZST

Description

Nearby clumps of marram have been chewed, possibly by livestock. No sign of grazing on this wiwi.

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European Marram Grass Ammophila arenaria

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:08 AM NZST

Description

Last two photos are of nearby clumps of marram that have clearly been chewed. Given the amount of cow pies in the east end of the dune slack, livestock must be a prime suspect. Adjacent wiwi has not been chewed, ref. https://inaturalist.nz/observations/14599473

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Red-purple Ragwort Senecio elegans

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:06 AM NZST

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Formosa Lily Lilium formosanum

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:06 AM NZST

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Woad-leaved Ragwort Senecio glastifolius

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 09:05 AM NZST

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Pampas Grass Cortaderia selloana

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:56 AM NZST

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Sand Wind Grass Lachnagrostis billardierei

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:49 AM NZST

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Observer

arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:46 AM NZST

Description

Rabbit-grazing quite visible in the 3rd photo.

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Jointed Rush Apodasmia similis

Observer

arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:43 AM NZST

Description

Lots of oioi in this dune slack, as high a density as I've seen anywhere along this coast.

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Sand Coprosma Coprosma acerosa

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:43 AM NZST

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Sydney Golden Wattle Acacia longifolia

Observer

arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:41 AM NZST

Description

A typical situation - starts in one location and spreads, overgrowing all in its path.

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Monterey Pine Pinus radiata

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:40 AM NZST

Description

Lots of pine here. An apparent intention to grow in this dune slack. This is where a clear line between public and private land is... useful.

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Yellow Bush Lupine Lupinus arboreus

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arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:39 AM NZST

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White Basket Fungus Ileodictyon cibarium

Observer

arnim

Date

July 22, 2018 08:34 AM NZST

Description

Four in a line, about 1m long.

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Variable Oystercatcher Haematopus unicolor

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arnim

Date

July 21, 2018 07:56 AM NZST

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Sand Wind Grass Lachnagrostis billardierei

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arnim

Date

July 21, 2018 07:57 AM NZST

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Knobby Clubrush Ficinia nodosa

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arnim

Date

July 21, 2018 07:58 AM NZST

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Gravel Groundsel Senecio skirrhodon

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arnim

Date

July 21, 2018 07:58 AM NZST

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Treasure Flowers Genus Gazania

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arnim

Date

July 21, 2018 07:59 AM NZST

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Beach Spinifex Spinifex sericeus

Observer

arnim

Date

July 21, 2018 08:00 AM NZST

Description

From here south the Spinifex gets thinner, until the last km north of the Otaki River is marram right to the front.

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European Marram Grass Ammophila arenaria

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arnim

Date

July 21, 2018 08:01 AM NZST

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