Late November last year I took this photo. Although there is no-one in sight, this is on one of the most popular beaches in New Zealand, and it is 10 metres from the busy walkway that thousands use weekly to walk around 'The Mount". If you click on it you should be able to see better why it's so special.
It's Torea, an oystercatcher, probably a variable, sitting on its nest. I'd like to hope the chicks hatched and fledged successfully. The nesting bird was certainly being treated with great respect by the many visitors on the day we were there. Variable, or Black Oystercatchers are protected, and there are probably fewer than 4,000 left. They are endemic to New Zealand, meaning they are found no-where else.