Dotterel chicks due to hatch

Video and photos by Rosalie Liddle Crawford.

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This morning's video was filmed from Shark Alley and from the dotterel's nest on Mount Main beach, where the chicks are due to hatch any day. 

In today's weather forecast we are expecting a fine day with southwest breezes which should die out at night.

It's a two-clothing layer day today with a high of 27 and an overnight low of 17 degrees. 

High tide is at 9.50am and low tide at 4pm. Sea temperature is 20 degrees. There's an average sea swell of .2m. Sunset tonight is at 8.32pm. 

If you're going fishing today the best fish bite times are between 7.30 and 10.30pm. 

This day in NZ history in 1964 New Zealand whalers harpooned their last victim.

More than 170 years of New Zealand whaling history ended when J.A. Perano and Company caught its last whale off the coast near Kaikōura.

In 1971 it was full steam ahead for the Kingston Flyer.

A few months after the last steam locomotives had been withdrawn from this country's scheduled rail operations, New Zealand Railways launched a new tourist-oriented steam passenger venture in the South Island. 

In world history on this day in 1620 the Pilgrims landed at or near Plymouth Rock.

In 1910 over 2.5 million plague victims were reported in the An-Hul province of China.

In 1946 an earthquake and tidal wave killed hundreds in Japan.

In 1964 Great Britain's House of Commons voted to ban the death penalty.

In 1986 500,000 Chinese students gathered in Shanghai's People's Square calling for democratic reforms, including freedom of the press. 

In 1988 on this day, Pan Am Flight 103 from London to New York exploded in midair over Lockerbie, Scotland, an hour after departure.

All 259 passengers were killed in the explosion caused by a bomb– hidden inside an audio cassette player — that detonated inside the cargo area when the plane was at an altitude of 31,000 feet.

A shower of airplane parts falling from the sky also killed 11 Lockerbie residents. 

Today is the birthday of Benjamin Disraeli, Prime Minister of Great Britain.

He was born in 1804 and once said "The secret of success in life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes." 

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