I was out walking the dog and luckily took my camera in case I saw the bittern. At the very same place that I saw the bittern fishing for the eel, I spotted some funny looking shags fly over. Anything that looks out of the ordinary attracts my attention so I took some photos and realised they were glossy ibis. They are infrequently seen at Foxton Beach and elsewhere in New Zealand but always in ones or twos. This number of birds has not been seen for decades. In fact, when I posted the sighting, people did not believe me. Good job for the photos.
I first saw the ibis after the tail end of cyclone Debbie from Australia hit the coast. You could assume they were blown over from the east coast but who knows? The birds are still here, 10 days later and feed and roost over the inaccessible land on the south side of the river. Makes it a bit tricky to photograph them but hopefully they will treat me to another fly by.