Sunrise farewell to the 2018 fledglings
The annual farewell celebration for globally Endangered Hutton’s Shearwaters Puffinus huttoni was held earlier this month in Kaikoura on the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island with a sunrise Hikoi (parade) at the Te Rae O Atiu translocation colony, from which 17 chicks successfully fledged from translocated parents. The ceremony was followed by talks on the impact of the 7.8 earthquake last year and a summary of the current breeding season (click here). As in previous years the street lights of Kaikoura caused a number of downings of fledging shearwaters flying from their inland mountain colonies.
Kaikoura is well lit at night
Hutton's Shearwaters killed by vehicles on a Kaikoura Road
Photographs courtesy of the
New Zealand’s endemic