Dotterels and Pests

The resilient banded dotterels are nesting on Onoke Spit at present and Dougal has been checking the traps regularly. These birds use camouflage as there protection but predators such as rats have a very good sense of smell so they can find eggs and newly fledged chicks very easily. A dead rat means more live dotterels for us to enjoy.

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One dead rat!
The art of camouflage
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