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Tauranga and the Maketu Estuary

NEW ZEALAND | Sunday, 1 March 2020 | Views [123]

Maketu Estuary

Maketu Estuary

TAURANGA MAY BE NEW ZEALAND’S ANSWER to Newcastle with it’s busy port but one would be hard-pressed to find lodging as wonderful as City Suites in a less urban setting. 

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             South Island Oystercatcher

We also found Tauranga to be convenient to Kaituna Scenic Reserve, one of the haunts for the Red-breasted Dotterel, a New Zealand endemic species.  The Maketu Estuary area is also home to the South Island Oystercatcher which blends itself in with hundreds of Variable Oystercatchers and Bar-tailed Godwits.  It isn’t until they fly that I could see the difference between the oystercatchers.  The birds, on the other hand, are always quite aware.

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            Red-Breasted Dotterel

It took us a while to locate the dotterel and even longer to creep in for a decent photo.  We also came upon several Double-breasted Plovers sharing the same tidal flat.  I was surprised to see a flock of Canada geese such a long way from home.

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                Double-Breasted Plover

 

 

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