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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Bird Species List for Mauao and local surrounding sea [56 species in total]

Key to species. E= endemic (nowhere else in the world). N= Native (naturally here). I = Introduced by man Land birds:  [35 species] White-faced Heron  [N] Cattle Egret (one record, 2000s)  [N] Reef Heron [N] Black Swan [I] Paradise Shelduck [E] Mallard [I] Australasian Harrier [N] New Zealand Falcon [E] California Quail (breeding) [I] Pheasant […]

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Moulting Penguins January 2017

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Our penguins are now in their moult period. This is a stressful time. They lose all their feathers at once. They can look quite second hand for a while, but in due course the new feathers look sparkly blue and we’ll update you with some sparkly photos after their moulting has finished. Meanwhile, here’s one […]

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New petrel species for Mauao

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A newly-recorded species of petrel for Mauao was ashore in Pilot Bay in January and was released with 13 other Grey-faced Petrels on 4th January. What was originally identified by the vets as a “shearwater” was in fact a petrel species the experts are still trying to identify. Paul Cuming suggested Cook’s Petrel. Other experts […]

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Brian Petrel and his neighbours leave Mauao

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Our target of banding 30 chicks was achieved this year – we banded exactly 30! Another 15 were banded and released on the Mauao “G” Colony that had been handed in to the vets from various locations, so we don’t exactly know where they came from. So 45 chicks this year is a “good” year. […]

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