Thankfully the rest of the week went much better. Except the weather that is - it rained 90% of the time every day bar the last one! Still she had a fantastic time with two days on one island and three on another. Both are predator-proof scientific reserves which play an important role in the conservation of many of our endangered species. Before the camp started her hosts took her to an urban wildlife sanctuary where predator proof fences have enabled a variety of native wildlife to flourish within the city.
All up she saw 17 new bird species for the year. Ten of them she'd never seen before at all. She especially enjoyed all the practical, hands-on activities - catching, banding, measuring and monitoring. She also enjoyed the evening card playing sessions and was awarded a prize for "Best Poker Face"!
|This island was home for a couple of nights.|
|A Fluttering Shearwater being processed. This camp gave her hands-on experience with seabirds which she hasn't had before.|
|A Yellow-Crowned Parakeet about to be banded. She'd never seen one of these in the wild before, although our local wildlife park has a captive population.|
|A North Island Robin. We've seen the similar South Island Robin before, but this one was a first for her.|
|The Kaka (or Bush Parrot) has always been one of Miss 14's favourites.|
|We get fantails in our backyard but they are constantly flitting about and thus hard to photograph. So she was quite pleased with this shot.|
|A Takahe. These birds were once though to be extinct until being rediscovered. in 1948. Their conservation status is critical and they are heavily monitored.You can see the antenna of this bird's transponder.|
|She even spotted this eagle (complete with Gandalf) in the airport terminal while waiting for her flight home!|
All-in-all a fantastic bird-related week for Miss 14.
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