Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

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Bruce Keeley
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Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby Bruce Keeley » Tue Mar 12, 2019 5:40 pm

A pale non-breeding Great Knot was with godwit and Red Knot prior to a midday tide today, at Turanga Estuary, near Whitford. It consistently associated with the godwit and stayed a little apart from its congeners, each time the flock resettled after a harrier or low-flying aircraft put them up.
The bird looked decidedly lanky, with tibia showing, compared with the rotund knots ready for migration with legs showing only tarsus. This is my third record of Great Knot at this site - the others being 20 March 2000 (with some dark breeding colour) and 29 May 2006 (pale bird similar to today's).
A nice juxtaposition with 43 NZ Dotterel, which is a personal record count for 25 years' visiting this site.
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Adam C
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby Adam C » Tue Mar 12, 2019 10:56 pm

Nice find Bruce!
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby wazzagonewild » Fri Mar 15, 2019 2:45 pm

Great knot seen today at the high tide. Clearly stood out compared to the other birds - Bruce's description summed it up perfectly.
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby wazzagonewild » Fri Mar 15, 2019 6:49 pm

A record shot showing good comparison of size and bill length.
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Bruce Keeley
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby Bruce Keeley » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:51 pm

Fabulous picture! Thanks.
John Woods
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby John Woods » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:50 pm

Great Knot seen again at Whitford this afternoon. Difficult to get close but captured this shot in flight.
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Adam C
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby Adam C » Sat Mar 16, 2019 6:59 pm

Nice to see some shots!
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby phil hammond » Sat Mar 23, 2019 3:33 pm

Great Knot was showing well at 11. 00am this morning. I think it has a few more black spots across the breast than when Bruce first saw it but not full breeding plumage yet
harryhatman
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Re: Great Knot at Whitford, East Auckland

Postby harryhatman » Tue Apr 02, 2019 4:39 pm

Could not find it on sunday :-(

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