Endangered birds

According to these tweets highlighting serious endangered New Zealand birds it’s World Wildlife Day.

I saw four takahe in Sunday at the Orokonui Ecosanctuary two adults and two juveniles that are now just about fully grown, but their beaks haven’t turned red yet.

Here’s a pic of one of the juveniles and you can sort of see the red beak of an adult on the right.

TakaheOrokonui.jpg

There are six takahe in total at Orokonui at the moment. They keep the two pairs of adults separated by a fence as they are very territorial.

They have had Sirocco the ambassador kakapo at Orokonui when he has been on tour. If he comes again I will make sure I go have a look.

 

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  1. Alan Wilkinson

     /  March 3, 2017

    Meanwhile, back in the real world where there have been zero NZ species extinctions in the last century, another bird thought extinct probably isn’t:

    http://www.nzherald.co.nz/south-island/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503933&objectid=11811576

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    • Anonymous Coward

       /  March 3, 2017

      I think it’s more the case that people with $5000 are nearly extinct on the lower West Coast.

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  2. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 3, 2017

    Didn’t some boneheaded, lily-livered loon shoot some takahes by mistake for pukekos ?

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    • Alan Wilkinson

       /  March 3, 2017

      Yes, a clear case of bonehead stupidity mixed with brazenly arrogant half-wittedness:

      http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11500322

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      • patupaiarehe

         /  March 3, 2017

        Yes Alan, the difference is pretty obvious…

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        • Gezza

           /  March 3, 2017

          💔

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          • patupaiarehe

             /  March 3, 2017

            Why anyone would waste their time shooting either, is beyond my understanding. A fresh chicken @ the supermarket, costs under ten $….

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            • Gezza

               /  March 3, 2017

              Shootin takahe is plain dumbfucker stuff. I reluctantly accept that pookies in the wrong setting are quite destructive. They are prodigious eaters, quite strong & dextrous with their tootsies, & they like to pull up grasses & other plants & eat the soft fleshy parts of the roots. So they can do quite a lot of damage to pastures over time, especially if there are a lot of them, eg mum, dad, chicks & aunties.

              They can also denude stream-sides of plants that hold the banks together when the streams have risen in rainy conditions, which erodes the banks.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 3, 2017

              ‘Dumbfucker’ stuff alright. One only needs to see the picture I posted above, to realise the obvious difference between the two species… 😀

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  March 3, 2017

              Good thing little ol’ NZ doesn’t have a second amendment or an NRA and we can call dumb fuck deerstalkers dumb fuck deerstalkers.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 3, 2017

              Isn’t that similar to ‘calling a spade a spade’, AC? 😀

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  March 4, 2017

              I made no illusion to their skin colour #smileyface

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 4, 2017

              Neither did I AC. And I suspect you mean ‘allusion’… The ‘early settlers’ prefer Kerehu, over Takahe… 😀

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  March 4, 2017

              You’re right, I did, My Bad.
              I’ve heard the wood pigeon is luverly, tastes like chicken.

            • Gezza

               /  March 4, 2017

              Pooky’s getting up my nose a bit at the moment. He’s made his sleepout somewhere directly opposite my kitchen & if I turn the kitchen light on after his bedtime he makes a helluva racket that plainly amounts to ‘turn that ?!*|#%!! light off, asshole! I’m tryin to !?*<|?!! sleep over here!"

              Voice like a freakin microphone feeding back through the PA.

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 4, 2017

              @AC
              I heard a funny story about the bad effect Kereru has on ones ‘bowel motions’ recently. An ‘early settler’ friend of mine, enjoyed a feed of ‘wood pigeon’ last weekend, and none of his workmates could tolerate going to the toilet for at least two hours afterwards 😀

            • Anonymous Coward

               /  March 4, 2017

              I’ve heard they mate for life, I’d like to think that any fucker that ate my missus couldn’t shit right for … ever?

            • patupaiarehe

               /  March 4, 2017

              I’d like to think that any fucker that ate my missus couldn’t shit right for … ever?

              *Note to self* OK Patu, take a couple of deep breaths, & resist the temptation to reply to this comment

        • Kitty Catkin

           /  March 4, 2017

          I dunno, Patu….now that I see a takahe and pook side by side, with the only differences being size, shape, colour, tail feathers, bracelets….it’s easy to see how someone could make such a mistake.

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  3. Kitty Catkin

     /  March 4, 2017

    If wood pigeon tastes like chicken, why not save yourself the trouble and buy a chicken that’s all ready to cook-or one that’s cooked already-rather than taking ages to stalk a pigeon, shoot it, pluck it, gut it…

    I saw one in the garden yesterday !.It’s happened before, but it’s always a delight to see one so close up.

    As the fool who did the shooting was there to eradicate pooks from takahe territory, one must assume that they were trained to know the difference, unlike the rest of us who could well be mistaken. And I would have thought that it would be when in doubt-DON’T !

    Gezza, be thankful that Pooky isn’t like the one in the ad who could turn lights off.

    The people who bred my last Siamese were naive enough to buy a touch radio/clock. With a houseful of Siamese and Oriental cats. One of the Siamese learned how to use it on the first night that it was there, and had a beautiful time making it come on and go full volume, thus giving the people near heart-failure as they were awakened ? times by the radio suddenly blasting the windows out..

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