Story: Coastal shoreline

Birds of the shoreline (1st of 3)

Birds of the shoreline

Found at Mangawhai, this sand scraping – an apology for a nest – holds an egg of the fairy tern. This is the smallest and rarest of New Zealand’s terns. One or two eggs are laid between November and January, the summer holiday period. People unwittingly disturb nesting birds and their chicks, letting loose with dogs and vehicles.

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Photograph by G. R. Parrish

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Maggy Wassilieff, 'Coastal shoreline - Shore birds', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 28 May 2022)

Story by Maggy Wassilieff, published 12 Jun 2006