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The nest, under a tussock of grass or a stone, is constructed of short dry straws, and usually lined with hair.
West of the dividing crest they are forest clad; east thereof their stony grimness is but slightly softened by growths of scrub and tussock grass.
The breeding season starts with the male birds coming ashore in September to build their nests of stones among the tussock grass.
Typical of some sections of the river are the distinctive towers of the great tussock sedge.
This is a dense tussock forming grass with golden yellow leaves.