It has been a tragic week for the fairy tern, New Zealand’s rarest breeding bird.
Earlier in the week, two eggs went missing at Waipu cove along with two chicks. Now two eggs have gone missing at Mangawhai Wildlife Reserve.
When there are fewer than 40 of these birds left, any loss is massive.
“You can see we’ve got good signage over there, so I don’t think anyone could have mistaken it,” said Abby Marr from the Department of Conservation.
Ms Marr is puzzled; unlike last week in Waipu this case appears to involve a person as opposed to a predator.
“This one is a little more unusual in that we did have human prints going up towards where the eggs were,” Ms Marr says.