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Himantopus himantopus leucocephalus
Known as Poaka in Māori, these beautiful birds can be mistaken for the Black-winged Stilt. According to Beauty of Birds: https://www.beautyofbirds.com/blackwinge... 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: https://www.nzbirds.com/birds/poaka.html...