Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

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Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Wrybill » Mon Nov 21, 2022 3:45 pm

This afternoon i saw a Non Breeding Grey PLover at the Katihiku estuary in the pouring rain 2 pacific golden plover were also present see link at bottom of post to ebird checklist Notes : Much larger than Pacific golden plover, Very pale speckled grey and white head, upper parts and breast also white underparts, black armpits Noticeable more so in flight. Thin white wingbar also white rump and barred like tail

I hope this is a true sighting but If someone can prove otherwise that would be great :D

Link to ebird checklist https://ebird.org/newzealand/checklist/S122756216

Link to Katihiku estuary ebird hotspot https://ebird.org/newzealand/hotspot/L20254115
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Michael Szabo » Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:09 pm

Did you get any photos please?
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Wrybill » Mon Nov 21, 2022 4:23 pm

Sadly yet again no but the camera is being fixed should be ready by mid december early january.
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby sjacques » Mon Nov 21, 2022 5:06 pm

Hi Saul,

If you have a smartphone you can take a 'proof of life' record shot simply by holding the camera up to the lens of a scope, or even binoculars.

Attached is one I took of a pectoral sandpiper down here in Southland the other day. Zoom in and you can clearly see the bird in the middle of the shot, to the right of the grey teal.

Won't win any wildlife photography awards, but even at that scale and resolution it shows some of the diagnostic features (particularly in this case the sharp contrast between densely streaked breast and clean belly).

A useful tool to have up your sleeve (or in your pocket),

Cheers,
Sean
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby AlfieB77 » Mon Nov 21, 2022 6:44 pm

How do you access the katihiku estuary? (Have been wanting to go for some time)
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Wrybill » Tue Nov 22, 2022 10:29 am

Alfie you need to view it from the north side of the river a bit tricky without binos or you park your car on the south side otaki river bridge of State highway one and walk up the stopbank.

We view from otaki river mouth as it saves time.
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Wrybill » Tue Nov 22, 2022 11:25 am

Sean Thanks for the tip will try to get photo if still there on weekend i will try on saturday or sunday.
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Wrybill » Wed Nov 23, 2022 9:45 am

I have submitted a UBR for this bird.
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Wrybill » Sat Nov 26, 2022 7:39 am

I am Heading out this morning 10:30-maybe 12 im not sure.
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Re: Non Breeding Grey Plover Katihiku Estuary

Postby Wrybill » Sat Nov 26, 2022 11:33 am

Seen this morning between 10 30 and 11 black armpit very clear with the same two pacific golden plovers
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