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.

Tuesday 29 December 2015


Saturday, 12 December 2015

A Dannemora woman has been slapped with a $10,000 fine by the Manukau District Court after admitting to possessing and selling illegally imported edible bird nests.

Judge Charles Blackie last week declined Stacey Miao Yu’s application for a discharge without conviction on two charges under the Biosecurity Act 1993. She had pleaded guilty to the charges on July 3.

The Ministry for Primary Industries (MPI) has applauded the punishment.

MPI seized 500 grams of raw swiftlet bird nests  - nearly 50 nests - after raiding Yu’s Auckland property in June 2014.

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