Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Shore Plover

Thinornis novaeseelandiae


Small dotterel with unmistakable black face mask, black tipped red bill and red eye ring. Males are a bit brighter than females. A New Zealand endemic with a Red List status of Endangered.


Rocky wave platforms and estuaries. This one on a wave platform on South East Island in the Chatham Island group.


Landing on this island is not permitted so images taken from a deflating Zodiac in a meter+ swell which was interesting. The good news is that captive breeding programmes have been successful with small numbers of birds reintroduced to some other offshore islands. To my knowledge wild breeding is still limited to the Chatham Island group at present.

Species ID Suggestions

Sign in to suggest organism ID


triggsturner 7 years ago

Thanks Mark. I was really pleased to get this one.

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 7 years ago

Wow. Another rare one I thought we wouldn't see in PN. Thanks again Rob. Great job.

triggsturner 7 years ago

Thank you Polilla. Getting these images is amoungst one of my best personal achievements in wild bird photography to date.

Spotted by

Chatham Islands, New Zealand

Spotted on Dec 11, 2013
Submitted on Mar 23, 2015

Related Spottings

Hooded Plover Hooded Plover Hooded Plover Hooded Plover

Nearby Spottings

Chatham Island Shag Chatham Albatross Magenta Petrel Black Robin
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors
join Project Noah Team

Join the Project Noah Team