Found 26 bird species. Few in usual numbers, apart from White-browed Crakes and Forest Kingfishers. Even Crimson Finches and Willie Wagtails notably reduced.
But did surprise a Black Bittern in spot flushed from soon after Cyclone Yasi crashed through last month. A creature of habit, possibly partner of bird above, pictured in January.
And while looking back, two views of a Sooty Oystercatcher from my flying visit to NZ.
Painful crawl over volcanic rock on Manukau Harbour foreshore brought little reward!
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