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Life on Mangere Bridge

This a view of life on Mangere Bridge. It has many forms of life. I took these photos on the 2nd day of fog at Auckland airport. Some flights were delayed.

I saw a mixture of scenes and birds and this is the pictures I took It will give you an idea.

New Zealand Kingfisher on the Manukau mud flats.

The New Zealand Kingfisher is otherwise known as the Sacred Kingfisher. The other names are the Kotare, the Green Kingfisher, Wood Kingfisher, Tree Kingfisher.

There are eight subspecies in Australia, New Caledonia, the Loyalty, Lord Howe Norfolk and Kermadec islands and New Zealand.The New Zealand sub species is Vagans.

It's often seen on power lines patiently waiting for prey to appear and I've seen it's Kingfisher nest in a Phoenix Palm Tree and in banks by rivers.

It's not a threatened Species.

The White Faced Grey Heron.

This was walking in the mud flats, looking for food to eat such as small crabs. Inside those holes in the mud here, live small tiny crabs. I could imagine these would be part of a daily meal for this bird. Birds also listen to sounds most people don't hear and he may be listening to a crab moving nearby. Occasionally on watching this bird, he dipped his beak into the mud and ate something. 

Pied Stilt

This Pied Stilt is otherwise known as an Australasian Pied Stilt,  Black Winged Stilt or White-headed Stilt. It is not threatened. It's a wading bird.

Nests are on the ground in a damp situation. Usually surrounded or by Water. Both adults will incubate the eggs that will hatch within 25 days. The chicks leave the nest when dry and can fly when 28-32 days. The parents continue to care for them to the end of the seasons migration.

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Written by Pamela Moresby

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