Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_top position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_bottom position below the menu.

Sample Sidebar Module

This is a sample module published to the sidebar_bottom position, using the -sidebar module class suffix. There is also a sidebar_top position below the search.
Royal Spoonbill

Royal Spoonbill – 77cm, 1.7kg Kotuku-ngutupapa

Spoonbills and Pied Stilts

 

On 19th July at Peach Point we sighted two royal spoonbills, looking large and stately among the Pied Stilts and Oyster Catchers.

The birds photographed are juvenile as they have no yellow patch above the eye or red spot in the centre of the forehead, nor a rough surface on their bills. They feed in shallow water by walking up and down tidal mudflats, swinging their heads from side to side to trap food in filters in the side of their bill.

Spoonbills breed between September and February, laying 2 – 4 dull white eggs with brown blotches and make their nests in trees. We have seen Royal Spoonbills at Miranda, Kaituna Cut, Maketu and Little Waihi.

Our birds were at Peach Point for only one day, probably resting and feeding, before carrying on their journey.

Allan and Wendy Fox