Posted in Aotearoa, bird, birds, Canterbury, Christchurch, fantail, new zealand, piwakawaka, video, tagged fantails, Hunter, piwakawaka, polar storm, South Canterbury, Te Papa, Timaru, video on August 17, 2011|
Desperately cold wild fantails have made a nest of a South Canterbury home as the polar storm sweeping the country takes a huge toll on our birdlife.
Experts expect millions of birds to die as a result of the polar blast covering the country.
For Doug Sail in Hunter, 40 kilometres south of Timaru, the warmth of his dryer drew in three frozen fantails and he unwittingly saved their lives.
“I noticed them flying around the back door trying to get in. Occasionally they tried to fly in through the window and hit the glass.
“I needed to let the room air out and when I left the door open, all of a sudden there they were – three of them.”
He said the chilly birds made themselves quite at home and remained for about five hours.
“You couldn’t shoo them out, they wouldn’t go out through the open door.”
They were so determined to stay that when he shut the door to get them out, the birds simply found another way in.
“They flew in through the open toilet window. Then, thinking they were just cold, we decided to leave them”
As the creatures huddled together for warmth, Doug and his wife Emily Gilbert took photos and videos.
“It’s something I’ve never seen before. I was surprised at how tame they were.
“When my wife was taking a video clip of them, one of them landed on her camera while she was filming.”
Video and Full story on stuff.co.nz
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Posted in Aotearoa, kiwi, Little Barrier Island, maori, Mount Bruce, Pukaha, Pukaha Mount Bruce, video, tagged albino, extinction, iwi, kiwi, kiwi house, Little Barrier island, Manukura, nature, new zealand, Pukaha, Pukaha Mount Bruce, Rangitane, Rangitane o Wairarapa, video, white kiwi chick on May 25, 2011|
Press Release: Pukaha
We are delighted to let you be the first to know of the hatching of a white kiwi chick at Pukaha. As far as we know this is the first hatched in captivity and definitely the first hatched at Pukaha. This exciting event marks the end of the most successful kiwi breeding season in Pukaha’s history with a total of 14 chicks hatched.
The all-white chick is not an albino but the rare offspring off kiwi that were transferred from Little Barrier Island to Pukaha in May last year. The intention of the transfer was to increase the kiwi gene pool and grow the population in the long-term so we are delighted with this great result. The chick is a North Island Brown kiwi that is white.
Local iwi and Pukaha Mount Bruce partner, Rangitane o Wairarapa, has named the chick Manukura which means chiefly status. Rangitane chief executive and Pukaha board member, Jason Kerehi, said tribal elders saw the white chick as a tohu or a sign of new beginnings.
“Every now and then something extraordinary comes along to remind you of how special life is. While we are celebrating all 14 kiwi hatched this year, Manukura is a very special gift.”
Your chance to see Manukura in our kiwi house
Manukura will be in the kiwi nursery until the end of May where you may view it being weighed daily at 2.00pm. It will remain in captivity with our other chicks for at least four to six months and there will be the opportunity to for regular viewings while it is being cared for. The health and safety of this very special chick is our priority.
Please feel free to phone ahead to make sure it is available. We would love to see you.
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Posted in Aotearoa, bird, chick, Codfish Island, Department of Conservation, doc, environment, extinction, forest and bird, island, kakapo, new zealand, nz, tv3, video, tagged Artificial insemination, bird, breeding, Codfish Island, conservation, doc, Forest & Bird, kakapo, nature, new zealand, tv3, video on December 23, 2009|
DOC has managed to breed two kakapo using artificial insemination in what’s being hailed as a world first and a boost for critically-endangered birds everywhere.
Kakapo are notoriously slow to reproduce, and DOC hopes the breakthrough will now ensure the birds’ survival.
There are only 124 kakapo in existence, but with the help of artificial insemination, or AI, they may just be able to claw their way back from the brink of extinction.
“It’s just a fantastic tool for us to protect the future population of kakapo against further inbreeding, and also hopefully improve fertility rates,” says DOC’s Deirdre Vercoe.
“It’s a real breakthrough, a scientific breakthrough to achieve AI in a wild bird like this,” says Forest & Bird’s Chris Todd.
With more than 50 percent of kakapo eggs infertile, associate professor Ian Jameison says AI is a revolutionary tool in the fight for their survival.
full tv3 story and video
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