10 cattle egrets at Maketu, Bay of Plenty

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10 cattle egrets at Maketu, Bay of Plenty

Postby Raewyn » Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:18 am

Yesterday afternoon there were 10 egrets with the cattle in the paddock on the NE corner of Ford Rd and Kaituna Rd. There were also SIPO and a few godwits on the far side of the same pasture. It's pretty wet after all the rain.
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Re: 10 cattle egrets at Maketu, Bay of Plenty

Postby Mike Vincent » Sat Jul 30, 2022 11:49 am

There were about 20 Godwits on the estuary side of Dotterel Pont at Pukehina yesterday at high tide
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Re: 10 cattle egrets at Maketu, Bay of Plenty

Postby Raewyn » Mon Aug 01, 2022 5:30 pm

8 egrets today. Not there when I went down to the cut but with the cattle when I came out - just over an hour after low tide, which was the same as last week. That was also 1-1.5 hours after low.

Today there was also someone else stopped to see them and they said they had been at the Kaituna Wetland earlier today and had seen a white heron and 2 bittern not far from the carpark.
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Re: 10 cattle egrets at Maketu, Bay of Plenty

Postby FraserGurney » Wed Aug 03, 2022 7:04 pm

There were seven cattle egret roosting on the maimai in the estuary when I had a quick look on my lunch break today (12.30pm).

At Kaituna Wetlands the white heron was hanging around not far from the carpark, I didn't have time for a decent bittern search.

A fantastically birdy part of the coast, I look forward to coming back with more time on my hands.
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Re: 10 cattle egrets at Maketu, Bay of Plenty

Postby Tim Barnard » Thu Aug 04, 2022 10:59 am

Hi there,
Check the embankment south of the new cut, park by the painted building, walk down to the first white post past the 'keep out' sign (they are only joking honestly) - the cattle egret are often in those wet fields immediately south. It's now the regular high tide roost for Bandies and later PGPs and sandpipers.
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Tim

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