09 He aha tērā? What is that?

You see these large birds at the beach, or maybe flocking around a fishing boat, or perhaps inland. The adults are black and white; the juveniles speckled brown. He aha tērā? What is that?

Juvenile and adult, large birds on the beach.
Juvenile and adult, large birds on the beach. Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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08 He aha tērā? What is that?

This large bird has a special squawk that alerts you when an earthquake is coming. Or it startles as you go by and throws itself into the air with a clatter of wings then clumsily flaps a short distance. Or it strolls along the road in front of you. He aha tērā? What is that?

A large striking brown speckled bird with a long tail, vivid blue neck and red wattles.
Photo by Jan Jordan. Used with permission.

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06 He aha tērā? What is that?

You see this distinctive long-legged black and white bird with its fine black bill down at the beach or on flooded paddocks. There is usually a group of them, and they often hang out with the Oystercatchers. He aha tērā? What is that?

A group of long-legged black and white birds.
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.

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05 He aha tērā? What is that?

You’ll be very lucky to ever see this large long-legged bird as it prefers to hide. You may see it in grass near water, or ‘sloping’ across the road. If you listen closely on a still night you may hear its faint booming call. It’s been spotted or heard a few times around Waikawa Beach. He aha tērā? What is that?

Brown stripy bird in grass.
Photo by Sally Maclean. Used with permission.

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