I went to the Miranda area, Firth of Thames, North Island, New Zealand for three days of photographing bird life. This area is a significant bird life sanctuary with thousands of migrant birds visiting every year, along with New Zealand's own birds. On the third day there was a significant storm surge along with a King Tide, which i got trapped in, it all happened very quickly. When i saw the water coming in ahead of me, i realised it would be too deep for my car after seeing a four wheel drive go thru it, so i turned around to go back where i had just come from only two mins earlier, only to find that impassable as well. The only way out to safety was up one single farm track, i went inland for 1000 meters and the water at its peak got to within 50 meters of me. I still had to drive thru 2 feet deep water to get out nearly seven hours later. I have more pictures on my flicker page if anyone is interested. https://www.flickr.com/photos/147066884@N08/
White Faced Heron
Bar Tailed Godwit
Black Billed Gull - this is the worlds most critically endangered gull species and some are predicting they could be extinct within 20 years. Storms such as this one certainly dont help, the birds nest on shell banks just off the coast and this one was completly destroyed in the storm, wiping out all the chicks from this breeding season.
Black Billed Gull
Godwitt's and Red Knots