Juvenile New Zealand shore plovers have very different head and shoulder markings from the adults. Shore plovers are not known as long-distance fliers, but in 2005 a captive-reared three-month-old fledgling, released on an island in Hawke’s Bay, flew 300 kilometres back to the Mt Bruce Wildlife Centre, where it had hatched.
Te whakamahi i tēnei tūemi
Department of Conservation
Photograph by Don Merton
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