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Written by Delwyn Dickey, Rodney Times   
Monday, 17 October 2011
northern New Zealand dotterel

Beachgoers shouldn't feel paranoid if they see people wandering around the shore with binoculars this weekend.

A head count will be taken of northern New Zealand dotterels, the endearing little shore birds often seen scudding up and down sandy northern beaches looking for food.

Nesting is well under way and should see birds sticking to their home territory, making them easier to count.

Once widespread, they are now only found on sandy beaches and sandspits in the northern half of the North Island.

The last count in 2004 showed 1700 birds left. They are now classified as threatened.

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