Saturday, December 8, 2012

Save the world/sunday Stills: Saving the birds in Whitford

I walked around the mud flat taking photos when I heard from Christine said that she been "protecting the area for the last ten years, getting traps to trap rodents like rats and stoats so they don't kill off our native birds like the Dotterels and Oystercatchers.
Today was an unusual unexpected bonus for me. It has been a long drawn winter and we haven't been out much. The water engineer was going to do a good will consultation for a group regarding his shoreline stuff. He said, it's all muddy stuff. He was going to meet Christine Maslowski. I went anyway, packed some snack and took my shore walking shoes, and my "Save the world" cowboy hat. Haven't been wearing it for a while. I walked around the mud flat taking photos when I heard from Christine said that she been "protecting the area for the last ten years, getting traps to trap rodents like rats and stoats so they don't kill off our native birds like the Dotterels and Oystercatchers. Christine showed me the traps. It is such a privilege to come closed to traps and meet a real friend of the birds. I told Christine about our veiwing of the Godwits at Omaha in January. Christine told me that there are Godwits here, fattening themself ready to fly back to the north. http://annsnowchin.blogspot.co.nz/2012/01/weekend-bridge-omaha-shorebirds.html For this week's texture, you get the crumbly feeling when you walk on the shells, the squishy muddy oozing texture of the mud flats, the rough grass. Sunday Stills, the next challenge: Textures http://sundaystills.wordpress.com/ Save the world:http://www.doc.govt.nz/conservation/native-animals/birds/sea-and-shore-birds/nz-dotterel-tuturiwhatu/ NZ dotterels are shorebirds, usually found on sandy beaches and sandspits or feeding on tidal estuaries.The New Zealand dotterel/tūturiwhatu is an endangered species found only in this country. It was once widespread and common but there are only about 1700 birds left. This serious decline in numbers is due to a combination of habitat loss, predation by introduced mammals and disturbance during breeding. saw the stilts in flight and then land on the beach.
Does this happen to you? Blogger has squashed all my paragraphs into one big one. Not my choice.

4 comments:

Janice said...

Love your take on the challenge,some great textures there.

Ed said...

very nice, love the shell pics..:-)

The Dancing Donkey said...

Lovely photos and interesting to hear about the birds. Keep up the good work.

henrygl.com said...

Good job, nature preservation is a serious responsibility and we all have to contribute. keep it up.