As regular CFZ-watchers will know, for some time Corinna has been doing a column for Animals & Men and a regular segment on On The Track... particularly about out-of-place birds and rare vagrants. There seem to be more and more bird stories from all over the world hitting the news these days so, to make room for them all - and to give them all equal and worthy coverage - she has set up this new blog to cover all things feathery and Fortean.

Monday 30 December 2013

New chicks complete avian love story

It could be a fairytale. Two lovers meet, settle down and start a family.
Except it's the love story of two rare birds who found a home and have now welcomed at least two new additions to their family.
Two rare Australasian crested grebes who shacked up on Lake Te Anau weeks ago have now had chicks.

Department of Conservation ranger Carol Gardner built a home raft for the pair earlier in the season, when they were in search of somewhere to settle down and start a family.

The chicks, born a fortnight ago, were the best Christmas present she could ask for, she said.

"It's very exciting. It just makes you feel really good."

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