Ashley River Mouth

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Richard Fenner
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Ashley River Mouth

Postby Richard Fenner » Sun Nov 17, 2019 11:08 am

I'm going to be in Christchurch early December and had Ashley River mouth on my list of places to check out - could anyone give me some directions on where to go to get the best access and views and whether a scope is essential? Also are the Black stilt and Sanderling still there?
Thanks
Richard
Davidthomas
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby Davidthomas » Sun Nov 17, 2019 9:00 pm

Hi Richard. Drive down to the Waikuku beach reserve here:
https://goo.gl/maps/cf6WKuohT3HdgQ9n6

And from there just wander out on the Estuary side of the big sand spit. From there you should be able to see the waders you’re after. Low tide isn’t the best, but is better than high tide generally, unless you can get there about an hour and a half to two post or pre high tide as it restricts the area they can be in.

The black stilt is probably up river breeding at the moment, but the sanderling is still showing well, and three is a greater sand plover in basic plumage also hanging about currently.
DLCallahan
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby DLCallahan » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:31 am

Richard Fenner wrote:I'm going to be in Christchurch early December and had Ashley River mouth on my list of places to check out - could anyone give me some directions on where to go to get the best access and views and whether a scope is essential? Also are the Black stilt and Sanderling still there?
Thanks
Richard


Had a thorough look for the Black Stilts at this site on 12 November on a descending tide and couldn't see it, though there is much else to see there. D
DLCallahan
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby DLCallahan » Tue Nov 19, 2019 5:33 am

*see them (sorry)
Richard Fenner
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Re: Ashley River Mouth

Postby Richard Fenner » Thu Nov 21, 2019 9:21 am

Davidthomas wrote:Hi Richard. Drive down to the Waikuku beach reserve here:
https://goo.gl/maps/cf6WKuohT3HdgQ9n6

And from there just wander out on the Estuary side of the big sand spit. From there you should be able to see the waders you’re after. Low tide isn’t the best, but is better than high tide generally, unless you can get there about an hour and a half to two post or pre high tide as it restricts the area they can be in.

The black stilt is probably up river breeding at the moment, but the sanderling is still showing well, and three is a greater sand plover in basic plumage also hanging about currently.

Thanks David, very helpful

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