Birds on the Beach

This page can be used as an identification guide for some of the birds that are found out on the beach at Henderson Bay.

The Northern New Zealand dotterel or Charadrius obscurus ssp. aquilonius has it’s own page as it makes it’s home here and is on the endangered list.  It can be found wading at low tide or up by the start of the dunes often in pairs.

The variable oyster catcher or Haematopus unicolor is easily recognisable by the long bright orange beak and is usally seen around the edge of the tide or sitting out on the rocks.  The white faced heron or Egretta novaehollandiae is mainly gray with a white face and yellow legs.  It can be seen wading around the rock pools from about 3 hours after the high tide while the New Zealand pied shag or Phalacrocorax varius ssp. varius usually spends it’s time on the rocks drying it’s wings to fishing in the lagoons when the tide is low. The black backed gull, or Larus dominicanus ssp. dominicanus is a large bird with a distinct black back.

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All photos have been taken at Otaipango, Henderson Bay

The following birds can be seen at the beach but usually not as regularly as the ones above except for the red billed gull, or Chroicocephalus scopulinus.

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All photos have been taken at Otaipango, Henderson Bay

Birding List of All Birds Sighted and Photographed at Henderson Bay
At the Beach
Black-backed Gull – Larus dominicanus ssp. dominicanus
Sacred Kingfisher Todiramphus sanctus
White-faced Heron Egretta novaehollandiae
Black Shag Phalacrocorax carbo ssp. novaehollandiae
Little Shag Phalacrocorax melanoleucos ssp. brevirostris
New Zealand Pied Shag Phalacrocorax varius ssp. varius
Variable Oystercatcher Haematopus unicolor
Australasian Gannet Morus serrator
Northern New Zealand dotterel Charadrius obscurus ssp. aquilonius
Pied Stilt Himantopus leucocephalus
Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria interpres
Paradise Shelduck Tadorna variegata
Spur-winged Plover Vanellus miles
White-fronted Tern Sterna striata
Welcome Swallow Hirundo neoxena
Red-billed Gull Chroicocephalus scopulinus
Yellowhammer Emberiza citrinella