These photos were taken in part of the Waipu Ecological District protected area.  This is the area of the Waipu River Estuary and Sandspit, which is a  marginal strip and wildlife refuge where Torea and other birds are nesting.  Although no dogs are allowed in this area, sadly I photographed three people and their dogs in the lagoon not far from the nesting area.

on the edge
of existence

and some of the birds returning after feeding…