Hudsonian godwit?

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CMKMStephens
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Hudsonian godwit?

Postby CMKMStephens » Sun Oct 14, 2018 12:19 am

This flew over me at Hokitika on the south side of the estuary.

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Ian Southey
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Re: Hudsonian godwit?

Postby Ian Southey » Sun Oct 14, 2018 6:54 am

Yes. Well found!

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Re: Hudsonian godwit?

Postby phil hammond » Tue Oct 16, 2018 1:49 pm

Great sighting and great diagnostic photos. For those of us that dont know that estuary well, did you get an idea of where it might roost?
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Re: Hudsonian godwit?

Postby CMKMStephens » Tue Oct 16, 2018 6:28 pm

Didn't see any evidence of it roosting - flew in high from the seaward direction, coming inland, then banked and headed off on an angle heading southwest, perhaps towards Lake Mahineapua - or anywhere else on the coast.

If it was roosting on the sand spit, 100% of the spit is currently on the south side of the estuary, so you'd need to probably take a vehicle around and down to South Spit road (there's no aerial or satellite that's up to date - Google maps particularly out of date). the spit I believe is connected to the land on the south side at the moment (there were whitebaiters with their 4x4's on the south side)

Something like this:

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