Black-Tailed Godwit - Kawhia Harbour

Bird sighting information. Use this forum to report bird sightings (especially rare and unusual birds), census and field count results, and trip reports. Messages posted to this forum will also be sent as a plain text email to the BIRDING-NZ newsgroup.
User avatar
Posts: 619
Joined: Thu Mar 12, 2015 4:28 pm
Location: Hamilton, New Zealand

Black-Tailed Godwit - Kawhia Harbour

Postby Michael » Thu Dec 12, 2019 6:14 pm

Today on the Kawhia Harbour census, there was a single Black-Tailed Godwit on a shellbank at the far-east of the harbour near Oparau. The bird had a distinctive, straight shortish (for a godwit) black bill which had originally led me to believe it was an Asian Dowitcher (apologies to all those who I got excited :shock: ); however the wing bars and tail pattern along with the overall smudginess of the bird has since persuaded me it is a blackwit. Has anyone ever noted blackwits with all black bills before?

There were also two Pectoral Sandpipers on Te Motu Island, and around 3000 godwits.

A few screenshots showing the blawit (the dark smudgy chap in the foreground).
78813440_1106212409770981_7785611857410129920_n.png (728.32 KiB) Viewed 384 times
79171924_1059106837756508_7859523863707648_n.png (705.42 KiB) Viewed 384 times
Latest Lifer: Malaysian Pied-Fantail in Vietnam's Mekong Delta

Happy birding to all who dare to take the challenge
User avatar
David Riddell
Posts: 867
Joined: Sat Jul 18, 2009 3:46 pm

Re: Black-Tailed Godwit - Kawhia Harbour

Postby David Riddell » Thu Dec 12, 2019 9:39 pm

Ah well, it was fun while it lasted! :) Still a very nice day out.

Return to “Bird Sightings and Alerts”