Stories

A BIG thank you on behalf of our little blue penguins…

In March this year, hundreds of bird lovers like yourself gave generously to our matched giving campaign. Thanks to YOU, we raised over $13,800 to build a dedicated, predator-free waterbird enclosure for our little blue penguins, to give them the best chance of survival in a stress free environment. We are so grateful for the ...

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Posted: June 9, 2021Category: Uncategorized

A juvenile oyster catcher with expensive taste in food!

I arrived at hospital (BirdCare Aotearoa) with a very sore head (suspected head trauma) and very skinny (underweight). The nice lady put me on oxygen, gave me something to drink (fluids) and made my head feel better (pain relief). Yay. I was given food through a tube for a few days and watched very closely ...

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Posted: June 8, 2021Tags: Category: Birds in Care

How we waterproof a Cook’s Petrel!

We received 148 Cooks Petrels through our centre from mid-March to April – the bulk of which arrived over one week! No sooner had we released them, a new batch arrived, so we were certainly kept on our toes. Poor weather and low cloud levels kept fledging petrels flying lower than usual over Auckland. Attracted ...

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Posted: May 31, 2021Category: Cook's Petrels

Scrappy – our resident Kereru

Our resident kereru “Scrappy” was finally released last week. YAY. He had been with us since November 2020! This poor kereru came to us after being attacked (we think) as he had more than half of all his feathers missing. He was in pain, dehydrated and unable to fly. It took two moults before he ...

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Posted: May 6, 2021Category: Kereru