Piako Flood Plain Today

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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Grahame » Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:08 pm

Last 90 minutes before high tide this morning. 12+ Cattle Egrets out in the fields, looking wonderful in their breeding finery, 34 R Spoonbill, 3 E Curlew, 2 Hudsonian Godwit, 2 Sharp-tailed sandpipers plus all the usual supporting cast. No P Goldies today. Ibis probably present, but unseen in the long grass with the Egrets.
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby RussCannings » Sat Nov 09, 2019 7:45 pm

Popped in on Friday evening pre- high tide. 21 golden plover, 1 (apparent juvenile) Sharp-tailed Sandpiper, 1 Hudsonian Godwit, and the more common species. No sign of egrets or the ibis but was entertained by some battling cock pheasants out in a nearby paddock.

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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Richard Fenner » Sat Nov 16, 2019 11:58 am

I was there Friday the 15th Nov from about 7am to 9.45 (high tide) - 1 Hudsonian Godwit showed very well (eventually!) plus 3 Far Eastern Curlew as a bonus.
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby RussCannings » Wed Mar 04, 2020 6:20 pm

Checked the spot pre high tide this avo (between squalls) and was rewarded with 15 Whimbrel in amongst around 600 godwit, 100 knot, 1800 stilt, 100 sipo, 80 Blackbilled Gull, 45 wrybill and 1 bandie. No sign of egrets or ibis.

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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby spc19 » Wed Mar 04, 2020 7:42 pm

The 15 Asiatic Whimbrel still there between 4 & 5pm today
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Michael Szabo
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Michael Szabo » Wed Mar 04, 2020 10:47 pm

Any Hudsonian Whimbrels among them?
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Paul Gibson » Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:40 pm

I was there on February 28, and found 14 Whimbrels, and one Hudsonian, or possibly a Black-tailed Godwit - bill was very straight. Photo below is from my phone, through scope.

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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Oscar Thomas » Thu Mar 05, 2020 3:34 pm

Hey Paul - Looks good for Black-tailed Godwit based on bill straightness alone.
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby Paul Gibson » Thu Mar 05, 2020 6:26 pm

Hello Oscar, Unfortunately I did not see the colour underwing, the only sure way to identify the species. But what a great place to visit, sure worth the time and travel.
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Re: Piako Flood Plain Today

Postby RussCannings » Sat Mar 07, 2020 11:15 am

Michael Szabo wrote:Any Hudsonians among them?


While the birds were on the far side of the flats, I was able to look through them carefully, and also watched them in flight several times when harriers put them up. No sign of any non-barwits. Also a bit of a disappointment to see not golden plovers or calidrids about but I suppose they're all over at Miranda.

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