Autumn Update


We are now at the end of summer, and the breeding season for the northern NZ dotterel and variable oystercatchers (VOCs) is almost over for another year. We have only a few VOC chicks that have yet to fledge at Omaha, and one northern NZ dotterel chick at the southern end of the sanctuary that should be ready to fly sometime in the next 2 weeks. There have been 5 NZ dotterel chicks fledge at Omaha this season, from 13 breeding pairs. Provided all goes well, our last little chick will make it 6 fledged.

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Dr Marie Ward, Trustee