Blue Penguin Update

It is the end of the breeding season for the little blue penguins at Taiaroa Head.Most adult penguins have finished their annual moult and the chicks have fledged from the reserve, just a small handful left to go. Numbers seen at this time of year on tour range between 15 – 30 penguins coming ashore.

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March Update

COLONY UPDATE MARCH Webcam chick was 3kgs today so that is a good weight for its age. Another chick that is just 3 days older than webcam chick weighed in at 4.9 kgs (It turned its back on its dad which I think, is albatross for “none for me today thanks” when his dad arrived..

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Albatross & Blue Penguin Update

What a great season it has been so far. We now have 34 Albatross nest, they are currently incubating their single egg. They will start to hatch from mid-January to mid-February 2017.95 individual albatross reported seen for the 2016-17 season. We have 4 albatross nesting on view from our main viewing observatory that we can..

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Colony Update: 15-October

41 Albatross have been recorded so far, more on their way as we lead more into the albatross breeding and nest establishment period. The las two days, 100% of our tours have seen albatross on land and in flight as the wind has been prefect.  

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Albatross Update – October 2016

It has been a fantastic season at the Royal Albatross Centre. We have 3 Albatross chicks still in the reserve, 23 chicks have fledged and will spend 4 – 10 years out at sea before returning back to the mainland. Moana our famous and loved Albatross chick has also fledged. What is viewing like at..

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Glenfalloch Nature Challenge

The Great Nature Challenge was launched during the International Science Festival in July. Family groups were charged with using a map to find birds and trees around the garden and then challenged with a variety of activities like creating a bird out of natures rubbish and making a bird feeder. Points were gained for completing the..

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Cold Day at Pukekura

It was a cold start to the day at Pukekukra (Taiaroa Head). The Albatross chicks were hearty and kept warm. Not far now until they take their very first flight from the colony to spend 5 years out at sea before touching land.

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Penguin Nest box making

Year 9 & 10 students from Dunedin schools that were selected to attend the Tracking Pukekura Blue Penguins programme are today putting together the Penguin nest boxes that will soon be placed in the Pilots Beach reserve were little blue penguins thrive since full protection and monitoring starting in 2012. Thanks to Otago Participatory Science Platform there is no..

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Moana!

Fitting name for famous albatross chick The royal cam albatross chick at Pukekura/Taiaroa Head has been named “Moana”.  Announcing the winning name, the Department of Conservation’s threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki said Moana is the Māori name for ocean, sea, wide expanse of water. He manu o te moana means a bird of the sea…

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NEW! Tracking Penguins

Blue Penguins are nesting at Pilot’s Beach but there is limited information about population structure and reproductive success. How many pairs are nesting at Pilot’s Beach? What is their annual breeding success at Pilots Beach? What husbandry or species management opportunities can be gained from having accurate data on individual penguins? Year 9 & 10..

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