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Christopher
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Mangere today

Postby Christopher » Sun Aug 19, 2018 3:43 pm

Currently looking at a black tailed godwit in the mudflats at Mangere, between the island and the shell banks. Took a shoddy photo through the scope, will try get a decent one with my camera.

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Re: Black-tailed Godwit at Mangere

Postby Christopher » Sun Aug 19, 2018 6:26 pm

Couldn't get a decent photo, was backlit & overcast, but here's what I managed to get. Pretty stoked though, as this is my first non-barwit in many attempts in NZ! Finally getting back into regular birdwatching after a wee break...
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Davidthomas
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Re: Black-tailed Godwit at Mangere

Postby Davidthomas » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:40 pm

Did you see it in flight at all?
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Re: Black-tailed Godwit at Mangere

Postby Christopher » Sun Aug 19, 2018 7:51 pm

Yep I did, initially saw it's white under-wing when it hopped in the air, and then after fetching my camera that’s how I spotted it the second time - the whole flock took off and landed again and I this one landed right in front of me facing away. Had a clear black stripe across its tail, as well as black/white on the wings (though didn’t see the pattern clearly). The colouring was very distinct too as it wandered through the flock of barwits.
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Re: Black-tailed Godwit at Mangere

Postby Davidthomas » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:02 pm

Sweet as, the reason I asked is it’s very hard to tell hudwits and blackwits in non breeding plumage if you don’t catch them in flight. Sounds good for a blacktailed godwit to me. A nice grey bird, strong super, and a perfectly straight bill.
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Re: Black-tailed Godwit at Mangere

Postby Christopher » Sun Aug 19, 2018 9:24 pm

Thanks for the tip David, will have a look again some time next week if I get the chance. Hopefully on a sunnier day!
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Re: Black-tailed Godwit at Mangere

Postby Oscar Thomas » Mon Aug 20, 2018 10:00 am

Great record Chris. Not many people can attach photos to their sightings of them!
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Re: Black-tailed Godwit at Mangere

Postby Steve Wood » Tue Aug 21, 2018 6:37 pm

Sorry for the late post, B T Godwit seen on the 27th July.
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Re: Mangere today

Postby Christopher » Sun Oct 28, 2018 4:35 pm

Nice afternoon at Mangere today, tide was a big one so didn't catch the birds wandering round/feeding. Still managed to spot 2 TURNSTONE, 2 WHIMBREL, and 5 NZ dot chicks with their parents. Also around 80 Black-billed gulls, some looked to be collecting nesting materials.

Other than that, all the usual suspects. 1500 or so godwits, probably 4-500 knots, around 1500 sipos still around, 35 Spoonbills and a few wrybill still hanging round. No sign of the Black-tailed Godwit today, though as I said the birds weren't moving round too much.

Also I've changed the topic title to make it easier to track updates for this site. Cheers

Chris

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