A critically endangered tuturiwhatu (New Zealand plover/dotterel). These birds lay their eggs in shallow ditches they've scraped just above the shoreline, and the eggs take around a month to hatch, so are extremely vulnerable to a variety of hazards that now exist (predators, coastal development, humans on beaches, pets etc). They can live for up to 30 years. This is the North Island subspecies, of which only a few thousand exist, but their population has been recovering thanks to conservation efforts by @docgovtnz -- Being out in windy thunderstorms finally caught up to me and I managed to catch and battle some form of cold over the past 5 days. Now to continue the rest of the story. So by the time the storm passed I had dried off and taken the previous photo of one of the other storms passing over the city. Then I'd decided to go exploring Te Haruhi Bay while the light was still good, just in case I encountered anything cool. The tide was high so I wasn't able to go exploring around the coast. While walking along the beach there I encountered a few shy dotterel's and about 30 oystercatchers. I only had the 18-55mm lens with me so I had to slowly sneak within metres of them to avoid scaring them.