Like many birds the New Zealand Dotterel (Tuturiwhatu) is an endangered species. They are a member of the plover family and their nesting habitat, rugged New Zealand beaches and sand dunes makes them very susceptible to both introduced predators and also casual beach uses with dogs or even feet disturbing their nesting sites.
recently I've started to see these birds in different places. One on the Manukau harbour at Onehunga and a couple of them out on Karekare beach on the west coast... Hopefully its a sign that they are making a comeback... mind you it could just be I've been in the right place at the right time... Here are some photos.