You see this distinctive long-legged black and white bird with its fine black bill down at the beach or on flooded paddocks. There is usually a group of them, and they often hang out with the Oystercatchers. He aha tērā? What is that?
Photo by Miraz Jordan. Used with permission.
Answer: it’s a poaka, pied stilt:
Identification: Length: 35 cm; Weight: 190 g
Similar species: Black stilt
A compact, black-and-white stilt with long red legs and a long fine pointed black bill. Adult hybrid stilts have a black band of variable width across the breast.