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Pied Stilt

Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus


Known as Poaka in Māori, these beautiful birds can be mistaken for the Black-winged Stilt. According to Beauty of Birds: Pied Stilts have an "[a]ll white head and neck. Black behind. Open black chest band and most have a white band across the upper back."


Cruising around on the sand at Smails Beach, Dunedin.


It was a reasonably cool day with cloud cover. Bit of a breeze on arrival which picked up a bit and there was a light sprinkle when leaving the beach. Further info:

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Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand

Spotted on Aug 26, 2021
Submitted on Aug 30, 2021

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