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Dotterels Nesting at Snells Beach

Updated: Dec 2, 2021

The New Zealand Dotterels around Snells Beach are now nesting. As you can see in Alan France's photo they aren't easy to spot! The below nest photo was taken when 2 of three eggs were laid. These were laid from the 23rd of October to the 26th of October and that nest is now incubating (birds sitting on the eggs).

Other pairs are still looking for a place, the birds will lay one egg at a time and will not start incubating until all eggs are laid. This makes it easy for someone to accidentally step on an egg, help them out by watching where you step! They frequently nest near, but above, the high tide line.


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