Forest and Bird are running their annual Bird of the Year competition.
There’s 52 birds you can choose from.
I’m backing the bar tailed godwit.
Apart from being a great long distance flyer, it is being backed by the Pukorokoro Miranda Shorebird Centre. If you’re in or near Auckland you should visit them:
Located only an hour from Auckland the Miranda Shorebird Centre is an excellent stop to escape the city and have a look at some of New Zealand’s amazing birdlife. With nearly half of the population of the endemic Wrybill found at Miranda during part of the year, and with numbers of shorebirds often exceeding 10,000 the Miranda coastline is almost a mandatory stop for any birdwatcher passing by. Visit the Shorebird Centre and find out what birds are around, stay with us for a weekend escape from the bustle of the city or join us for one of our regular events.
So vote for the Godwit and visit the Miranda centre when you have the time.