The first fairy tern/tara-iti chick of the season has fledged! This is big news as there are less than 50 of these rare native shorebirds left. We are expecting four more to fledge very soon.
These are trail-cam photos of the fairy terns. Rangers are trialing the camera, which helps them see when the chick is being fed, what other animals are in the area and if there is any human disturbance to the nest.
Ranger Tim en-route to Filibuster the kiwi's nest in Fiordland's Shy Lake. Unfortunately kiwi chick survival hasn't been good in the first part of his study to find out how to best protect Fiordland tokoeka. Read the latest update here: blog.doc.govt.nz/tag/fiordland-kiwi-diaries 📷: Vaughn Filmer
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Do you recognise this bird? It's a weka chick!
This weka is leucistic, which is a condition similar to albinism. Leucism is the loss of pigmentation, resulting in pale, or patchy skin, hair, feathers or scales. It differs from albinism as it doesn't affect an animal's eyes, which are generally pink or red in albino individuals. 📷: James Gibson | jamesgibsonphotography.com
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The steady climb through lush native bush to the summit of Northland's Mount Manaia rewards you with breathtaking views of Whangarei Harbour and the Hen and Chicken Islands just off the coast.
Mount Manaia is part of our Short Walks network, showcasing some of New Zealand's best walks: www.doc.govt.nz/shortwalks
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There's nothing quite like New Zealand's South Island for spectacular mountains, stunning coastlines and charismatic wildlife. See all of this and more with our ultimate two-week road trip: blog.doc.govt.nz/the-ultimate-two-week-south-island-new-zealand-itinerary 📷: andrewwalmsleyphotography.com
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Two tīeke chicks were banded in Wellington this week. This is the third nest found at Polhill Reserve and only the second time in a century that tīeke have been banded on the New Zealand mainland (outside a sanctuary).
Thanks to the Polhill Protectors, a passionate community group, who trap and restore this beautiful reserve: polhill.org.nz
📷: Kerry Charles
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Blue cod inside a 'cod pot' in the Marlborough Sounds 🐟🐟 Our marine scientist Kirsten tells us about cod potting in Long Island - Kokomohua Marine Reserve in collaboration with MPI and @niwa_science today on the Conservation Blog: blog.doc.govt.nz
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Anita Spencer, Senior Ranger.⠀
I check traps on the Kaituna River that protect the Australasian crested grebe, which nest along there. I’ve recently caught two massive Norway rats and a weasel. We’ve teamed up with Davis Ogilvie, a civil engineering company, and they are going to take it in turns with us checking the traps which is great!⠀
6 6159:13 PM Jan 8, 2018
A yellow pōhutukawa flowering at Black Jack Scenic Reserve near Kuaotunu in the Coromandel.
📷: Herb Christophers
32 201811:16 PM Jan 7, 2018
This is a New Zealand flax weevil. These giant, flightless native beetles live on harakeke (New Zealand flax) and smaller wharariki (mountain/coastal flax) plants. The larvae feed on the roots while adults nibble on the leaves during the night.
You won't find them in your garden though, as rodent predation has driven them to extinction on the mainland, and they now cling to existence on a few small offshore islands. 📷: Jack Mace