our birds at Snells Beach

thanks to Michele Mackenzie and others

Above are the Godwits –

GODWIT – KUAKA (Bar tailed) Conservation Status: Declining. NZ Status: Native. Our astonishing Godwits perform the longest nonstop flight of any non-seabird in the world, leaving Alaska to come to Snells beach and New Zealand for the summer, arriving at the beginning of September, then leaving in February for the Yellow sea then back to Alaska
They fly the 11,000-12,000 km from Alaska which takes 8-9 days fuelled only by stored body fat and unlike seabirds they must flap their wings the whole way without the luxury of soaring or gliding, not only this as powered migrants they don’t stop to feed, drink, rest or sleep and lose half their body weight, amazing!
It is so important that our shore birds can rest and feed undisturbed or they die on their migration, this is only one of our 28 special shorebird species at Snells Beach that need your help, everything you do makes a difference for them.

We now have  28 confirmed species of shorebirds, 1 hybrid, and 8 waterfowl. Some of these are illustrated and described below ———-

Fairy Tern

New Zealand Fairy Tern
Critically endangered with between only 37 and 40 and 12 breeding pairs to try and save the species from extinction

Ruddy Turnstone

Ruddy Turnstone
A new species for Snells all the way from Siberia how exciting !!
This little bird is about the size of a Blackbird however stockier, with a tortoise shell pattern on its back and wings, a big dark cravat, white underpants and orange tights on its short stocky legs, quite the fashionista.

New Zealand Dotterel

New Zealand Dotterel
The endangered New Zealand Dotterell on our Snells Beach

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