This is a companion to my Bird of the Day blog, which focuses on birds I have seen in Victoria, Canada.

When my husband and I started planning a trip to New Zealand, I was delighted to read about the large number of unique birds that reside there. Having exhausted the supply of new birds at home, this was a welcome opportunity to continue my birding education. This blog will cover the various birding sites on the North and South Islands and (hopefully) the multitude of birds we encounter there.

Friday, February 10, 2012


Leaving Auckland on our way to the Coromandel region, we decided to stop off in Miranda to look for shore birds.  After a rather length walk through a field and over stiles, we came upon a beach covered with shells. Great banks of them were washed ashore. I've never seen anything quite like it. The plethora of mollusks attracted large flocks of Oystercatchers, Wrybills, Herons and Shags, as well as the odd Plover and Dotterel.

Pied Shags

New Zealand Dotterel
(summer plumage)

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