Birds, New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu)

Sketching & zoom photography of New Zealand’s endangered Dotterel….

This protected shore bird is found in breeding pairs in coastal refuges along Northland’s Eastern sandy beaches.

More about New Zealand’s dotterel at these sites: NZ BIRDS ONLINE-Dotterel, DOC-NZ DOTTEREL (sound recording at this site), NZ BIRDS, ARKIVE-NZ DOTTEREL


Birds, Godwits in New Zealand

Sketching the Godwit….Northland, New Zealand….

Each spring thousands of godwits make the impressive direct flight from Alaska to New Zealand shores. A non-stop flight of 11,000km in about 8 days. Most depart in March, making the epic return journey North, via Eastern Asia, to their thawing Arctic breeding grounds.

Godwit Web-Links: NZ Birds Online: Godwit sound recordings at this link. Plus Godwit identification, distribution, habitat, breeding, food, threats & conservation; DOC NZ: The Godwit migration; Teara NZ: Map of Godwits migration route; NZ Science Resources: Interesting information about “Godwits in flight”: flight path, flock formation, wing design, flight speed.