Shore Plover: Very rare and endangered bird: Thinornis novaeseelandiae

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Shore Plover: Very rare and endangered bird: Thinornis novaeseelandiae
Sep 5, 2011

Over the past few weeks, I have been privileged to see up to 32 very rare and endangered shore plovers at Plimmerton, New Zealand.

The global population of these birds is estimated at less than 250. Plimmerton (near Wellington) is the only place in the world that the shore plovers are easily accessible to the public.

The shore plovers are quite small birds and fly at a fairly fast speed! I have found them quite difficult to photograph (particularly in flight)!

You can see some photos and links to my YouTube videos of the shore plovers here:

Pictures of the shore plovers in flight can be seen here:

I have attached to this posting two of my photographs of the shore plovers, taken with the Sony A55 and Sony A900 cameras. Although the full frame Sony A900 is a great camera, I found the smaller APS-C Sony A55, with an 18-250 lens, to be very good also.

Just for interest, which image do you prefer, the first one (A55) or the second one (A900)? Incidentally, the photos below have been cropped to an image width of just 870 pixels, so the full sized images look much clearer and sharper.


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