Roger Brent Smith is one of several skilled photographers who like to record the beauty of birds in and around Waikanae reserves. This article is on the NZ Herald website:-

Birdwatch: This time of the year is a great time to watch kingfishers finding food at the Waikanae River estuary, writes photographer Roger Smith.

While kingfisher, also known as kotare, can be spotted anywhere around the Waikanae Estuary Scientific Reserve, the best and most reliable place to see them is at the Waimanu Lagoon outlet near the Tutere St carpark.

Late afternoon when the outgoing tide has exposed the mudflats is a good time to see them, as they hunt for small crabs and small fish in the shallow water.