New Zealand dotterel.
Northern subspecies adult in breeding plumage catching crab. Te Puru, October 2009. Image © Tony Whitehead by Tony Whitehead Tony Whiteheadwww.wildlight.co.nz
60 Rena New Zealand Dotterel were kept at Te Maunga Wildlife Hospital during the Rena oil spill. Mauao has a beach on the Matakana Island side which you could spot these birds. They also visit the Mount Main Beach if no humans are about. During January 2014, a pair nested in the middle of the main beach!!
New Zealand Dotterel – NZ Birds on Line