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Nature Tuesday – Miranda Bird Sanctuary & Kawakawa Bay

Last Sunday drove to Kawakawa Bay and further on to Miranda Bird Sanctuary. It was high tide at Kawakawa Bay so I saw the Godwits better there.’

There is a variety of very precious birds here, some are migratory birds and you need to be reasonably fit for Miranda bird Sanctuary.

You will notice some cracks even in the ponds of Miranda like the thumbnail. It is summer and the rain has not been as much as needed. You see the Pied Stilt in the Thumbnail

#1 Pied Stilt flight

They have a high pitched chirping sound

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#2 View of Miranda’s bird hide

Easy walk but it is far for the disabled. I am reasonably fit

#3 Sparrow in the air

Caught on the spur of the moment

#4 Grey Heron flight

The background is our New Zealand mud flats, you will notice small holes in the grey mud, that is the home of small crabs

#5 View from Miranda Bird Sanctuary

The rare birds are on the brown and sandy part with Coramandel ranges over the firth of Hauraki gulf

#6 Pied Stilts pond

Looking for food

#7 Foliage

Interesting plant life

#8 Dotterel at Kawakawa Bay

On the move

#9 Godwits at Kawakawa Bat

Small birds are Wrybills and brown birds that look half the size of Godwits are knots. Migratory birds from Russia, Alaska

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Written by Pamela Moresby

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