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Tuesday, 27 August 2019 09:13

The birds’ place – the Ahuriri estuary

Written by Liz Brook
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Well used: Looking East across the estuary towards Napier. Photo: Ian Jensen Well used: Looking East across the estuary towards Napier. Photo: Ian Jensen

An interesting visited during the AGM Conference

was the long, narrow Ahuriri  estuary. We travelled by bus, so there was no chance to dip a toe in the water.  With its wide range of fresh to salty, shallow to deep, and sandy to muddy habitats the estuary supports a diverse range of birds, fish, invertebrates and plant life.

It is a sanctuary for a wide variety of wading birds including Grey herons, Royal spoonbills, Pied stilts, Shags, Kingfishers and Gannets. Over 70 species of resident and migratory

waterbirds use the estuary as a feeding and resting area. Bar-tailed godwits/kuaka, Knots and Golden plovers migrate here each year  from their arctic breeding grounds.

 

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