Little Terns & other Beach Nesting Birds

At last the Little Terns are back at Mogareka to breed .Every summer these tiny seabirds come from eastern Asia & northern Australia to this area to nest & raise chicks before flying away again in February or March.

They are endangered because they nest on beaches and are  disturbed by people ,dogs,foxes & goannas….we see footprints of all.Sea gulls & Ravens also predate the eggs if the birds leave their nest [a scrape in the sand ].

If you like to be involved with Shorebird monitoring please let us know.

 

Little Terns with Non Breeding LT 

Red Capped Plover

Red Capped Plover distracting behaviour

Pied Oystercatcher already has a chick & has bred in the same location as previous years

Hooded Plovers foraging & at this stage avoiding parental responsibility !

Sooty Oystercatcher.. usually breed on rocky platforms

Courting Caspians
Thank you to Leo for the photo & sighting.

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