I did some bird counts at Shakespear Park this morning and found this thrush singing his heart out at the top of a young kauri tree. A family of whiteheads were feeding below him but otherwise it was a pretty quiet time birdwise.
Until I looked out on the mudflats at Okoromai Bay. It was like the Seregetti. Over two hundred red-billed gulls as well as black-backed gulls, kingfishers, white-faced herons, oystercatchers, pied stilts, a godwit, banded dotterels, NZ dotterels. Only two black swans though where there have usually been 20 or more so I’m not sure where they’ve gone.