Sunday, 10 December 2017

Our Oystercatchers Harry and Sophie


Meet Harry and Sophie, Mount Maunganui's resident Oystercatchers. Every year they come to our main beach to nest and raise babies.


The Department of Conservation are pretty good at putting up cordons around the nest along with sandbags to protect the chicks.


We carefully walked around the area and I managed to get this photo of the baby that's hatched out this year. Looks like he/she is quite happy.


People have been pretty good at staying away from the nest and there is a no dog policy on this part of the beach. Hopefully this family can keep coming back here in years to come.

12 comments:

  1. How exciting for you and wonderful photos of the baby being guarded ~

    Happy Weekend ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  2. Wow, they really look out for Harry and Sophie!

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  3. It's great that you know the Oystercatchers and call them by name. I wonder if we can keep track of the dotterels like that on our local beach?

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  4. Very cool. Harry and Sophie have some really nice friends to help them out.

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  5. Oh lovely! I would love to watch this nest ; it is great that mom and dad come back each year ... they obviously realize they have a good home there.

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  6. That is so wonderful. But, I can't believe they just nest right there on the beach. I'm glad people are so good about protecting them.

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  7. not taht beautiful but a very nice way to keep the chicks safe. I love Oystercatchers. I I did see this black one in Queensland twice. :)

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  8. Wonderful post - I love the sandbags to protect the new life

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  9. that's a wonderful thing indeed, so happy for harry and sophie and everyone taking part in this!

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  10. That's so great to have your own pair!!

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  11. One wonders what the birds think of the additional measures for their nest.

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