Gull-billed terns - Southland

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Phil Rhodes
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Gull-billed terns - Southland

Postby Phil Rhodes » Thu Jul 11, 2019 4:43 pm

It looks as though the Awarua Bay resident GBT pair have moved up the coast to Waituna Lagoon. I was doing a count for the Atlas at the wooden shelter at the end of Waghorn Road today when I noticed a pair of GBT huddled together on a grassy mudbank. I presume this could be the same pair that have been seen on a regular basis around Awarua Bay, they are both in breeding plumage. We tend to ignore Waituna as there is often few areas exposed for feeding due to the lagoon often full of water depending on whether they have opened the outlet to the sea or not. Today was an exception with 16 species recorded including approx 160 godwit an 75 turnstone. Also a very good area for fernbird. Worth a visit, just drive down Waghorn Road (dirt road) to the car park and then 5 minute walk to the shelter, just watch out for the sandflies they were persistent today!

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