The endangered NZ dotterel
or tūturiwhatu at Okura. This small shore bird has declined to about 1700 birds in scattered populations. Many of these fragments are found around the beaches of Northland. The bird does not cope with disturbances to its nests, which are simple camouflaged scrapes.
It is rare to be able to get close to these birds, and in this case, I had a point of concealment behind a large log on the beach.