The other morning on the beach by Waiorongomai Stream I spotted a group of Kuaka Godwit doing their thing then realised one bird looked quite different. I believe this is a Ruddy turnstone — I haven’t spotted them around here before.
Length: 21 - 24 cm; Weight: 84 - 190 g; Similar species: Shore plover | Tuturuatu
A medium-sized stocky wading bird with a short dark bill with slightly upturned tip, short neck and short orange-red legs. The head, neck and breast are boldly pied black-and-white and it has ‘tortoiseshell’ plumage on the back, which is reddish-brown with blackish-brown patches on the back and upper wings, contrasting with the white underparts.