Shoot the Godwits at the Miranda Shorebird Centre

The amazing annual migrations of Bar-tailed Godwits, nearly half the world population of Wrybill, whirling flocks of thousands of shorebirds, the rare geology of shell bank cheniers, the nature and rhythms of the estuary – are just some of the features of the Miranda coast on the Firth of Thames. These and other stories are told at the Miranda Shorebird Centre http://www.miranda-shorebird.org.nz/ on the Firth of Thames.

Best time to catch the birds is 2 hours on either side of high tide, which is at 1.38 on this day.

There is no charge to enter the estuary, though a donation is suggested.

It is a 1-hour drive from Auckland City. Here is the map with directions from Auckland CBD: https://maps.google.co.nz/maps?q=283+East+Coast+Road,+RD+3,+Pokeno&oe=utf-8&client=firefox-a&ie=UTF-8&ei=NtPxUO_iLIvTkgW95ICoBg&ved=0CAsQ_AUoAA

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  • philip

    Went last weekend and there weren't that many still there. No wonder the Centre had the Farewell to Godwits event that weekend. Would love to go back next year when the numbers are at the peak. And the idea of a Sunrise / Sunset shoot sounds brilliant!

    1 · March 5, 2013

  • Fiona

    awesome photos, i may have to detour on the way down or way back from Wingspan next month. Hey has anyone been to the Mangere Bridge one I read about in the Herald?

    February 22, 2013

    • Veronica M.

      I think Jo is scheming to do this one again as an overnighter/weekender. I know I'd be keen to shoot those birds at sunrise and sunset...

      February 23, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    Took nearly 700 photos... so I guess it was all right! (Of course now I am culling and developing..)

    February 18, 2013

  • Colin

    We are going but will be a little later

    February 17, 2013

  • Quentin J.

    So that this thread isn't completely full up with excuses, I thought I should say, we are still going! :-)

    February 17, 2013

  • Brendan M.

    Hi all, this would have been great and I was looking forward to it. Unfortunately I have had sciatica recently and driving is quite literally a pain in the butt at present so I will have to give it a miss.

    February 17, 2013

  • Christopher F.

    Overdid it on the boogie board yesterday - arms and shoulders not up to the drive....

    February 17, 2013

  • Leenke

    Family problems

    February 16, 2013

  • Gerard De S.

    Apologies. Won't be able to make it due to something that just came up. Have a great time.

    February 16, 2013

  • Michael W.

    Something's come up so can't make it. So, I zipped out there this morning, and it's an amazing spot. Best (and only really) spot for good shots was from the hide. If you have a lot of gear you'll want to park at the turnoff near the hide.

    February 16, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    overtime work, may see you next time.

    February 15, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Very, my wife has fallen ill. Hope you all have lovely time and I look forward to seeing the photos

    February 14, 2013

  • Aaron S.

    I may not be joining, work caught up :(

    February 14, 2013

  • Veronica M.

    I've just spoken with a gentleman from the Miranda Shorebirds Centre. He suggested we meet up at 10.30 at the centre. They will provide us with maps and recoimmendations for the best place to shoot the godwits (and the other 1999 species in the area.) The centre is actually a couple of kms from the best areas, so we may want a little extra time to walk there - or you can drive as they have good carparking facilities.

    There is also a hide available, which I am looking forward to using.

    There is no cost for this, but I think it would be nice if we could all donate something on the order of $5.00 to help support them and the brilliant work they do. Bobby and I have room for two in our car if anyone needs a lift. We will be leaving West Auckland around 8.30 so we can enjoy a leisurely drive there.

    My cellphone # is[masked]

    February 11, 2013

    • Jo M.

      Hi Veronica, do you still have a spare space in your car? Thanks.

      February 13, 2013

  • Anna M.

    Sounds amazing, alas timing and transport issues mean I won't make it.

    February 12, 2013

  • Dave C.

    It should be fun

    February 11, 2013

  • Steve B.

    Looking forward to giving this a go :)

    February 11, 2013

  • Gerard De S.

    Hi happy to take anyone from Botany area (3 seats available)

    February 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Not sure yet - arrive from Hawaii on Feb.14th...so will try to come but not sure yet!

    January 23, 2013

  • Jo M.

    A tentative 'yes' - sounds like a great opportunity :-)

    January 13, 2013

  • Aaron S.

    I wish to join aswell. Not sure if plan change later so will keep an eye on this event.

    January 13, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry to change my mind so fast... its the same weekend at the Harley Weekend, and I'm helping shoot them.. not literally ;)

    1 · January 13, 2013

  • Christopher F.

    will try and make it!

    1 · January 13, 2013

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