Posts categorized as Birds

The global penguin – Part 8. Free at last!

  • King penguins on South Georgia. Photo: Colin Miskelly
  • Monument Harbour on the south coast of Campbell Island. Jacquemart Island (partly concealed by Eboule Peninsula) is the southernmost piece of New Zealand sovereign territory. Photo: Colin Miskelly
  • The emperor penguin about to leave his crate and return to the sea. Photo: NIWA
  • So long and thanks for all the fish! The emperor penguin returns to the ocean. Photo: Lisa Argilla, Wellington Zoo

Te Papa’s curator of terrestrial vertebrates Dr Colin Miskelly tells the eighth instalment of the unfolding story of the emperor penguin that went where none had gone before (at least in the age of digital media). Previous blogs on the penguin were posted between 23 June and 29 August. Seventy-six days after he stepped ashore… Read more »

A Te Papa curator in Ecuador

Waved albatross adult brooding a small chick on Isla de la Plata, Ecuador, on 27 August 2011. Photo: Colin Miskelly, Te Papa

Te Papa’s curator of terrestrial vertebrates Colin Miskelly is in Guayaquil as the expert advisor to the New Zealand delegation at the 6th ACAP (Agreement on the Conservation of Albatrosses and Petrels) meeting, and has provided this report. The ACAP meeting has been a great opportunity to meet with albatross researchers and conservation workers from… Read more »

The global penguin – Part 7. The wandering emperor penguin enters the technological age

  • Applying super glue. Photograph by Susan Waugh. © Te Papa
  • Dominique Filippi showing where the logger will be attached. © Te Papa.
  • Dominique Filippi showing the logging device. Photograph by Susan Waugh. © Te Papa.
  • Happy Feet getting the logger glued to his back. Photograph by Susan Waugh. © Te Papa.

The celebrity Emperor Penguin at Wellington Zoo had a satellite tracking device fitted yesterday in preparation for his trip towards colder climes during the coming week. The bird will be transported to south of 50 degrees on the NIWA research vessel Tangaroa this week. Sirtrack  Ltd had developed one of their line of specialist wildlife tracking devices… Read more »

Riders of the storm – thousands of seabirds perish on New Zealand shores

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  • Fig. 7. The calm before the storm – healthy broad-billed prions on Kundy Island, off Stewart Island, March 2011. Photo: Colin Miskelly
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  • Fig. 5. Beach-wrecked broad-billed prions, Paekakariki (Wellington west coast), 16 July 2011. Photo: Colin Miskelly

It started as a trickle and soon developed into a flood of devastating proportions. On 11 July 2011 I received an email enquiry from a family at Waikanae seeking help with identifying an unusual seabird that they had found dead on their driveway. It was a Salvin’s prion, a not-too-unexpected discovery near the coast during… Read more »

Animal and plant collections

Te Papa’s Natural Environment team have revamped their webpages. You can access them here. Collection highlights online include: Big fish Medicinal ferns of the second Maori king Unique bird eggs and skeletons Colossal squid Plants collected during Captain Cook’s first expedition GV Hudson insect collection Nests of extinct birds The following links will take you… Read more »