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, 17 November 2014

Could Fijian seabird upset NZ Seabird of the Year poll?

12:26 November 17, 2014 0 comments

Press Release – Forest and Bird

The Fiji petrel and the New Zealand fairy tern are continuing to jostle for the lead in the poll to find New Zealands most popular seabird, as the competition enters its final week.Could Fijian seabird upset NZ Seabird of the Year poll?

Wellington, 17 November 2014 – The Fiji petrel and the New Zealand fairy tern are continuing to jostle for the lead in the poll to find New Zealand’s most popular seabird, as the competition enters its final week.

The lead in the poll has swung dramatically between the two species over the last two weeks. As of 11:24 a.m. Monday, the fairy tern led the Fiji petrel by just 124 votes.

The poll – www.seabirdoftheyear.org.nz – is run by the independent conservation charity Forest & Bird.

The Fiji petrel was included in the poll because Fiji is one of New Zealand’s closest Pacific neighbours, and because only 50 Fiji petrels are thought to remain. NatureFiji-MareqetiViti, which is working to protect the Fiji petrel, is a member of the global conservation organisation BirdLife International, as is Forest & Bird.

The Fiji petrel is considered a tabu (taonga) in Fijian custom.

The fairy tern only breeds at four sites in Northland, and only 8 – 10 breeding pairs are thought to remain. Fairy terns are vulnerable to being run over by four-wheel-drive vehicles, as they nest in small depressions in the sand.

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