Birds of New Zealand

Tohua or Mohua?

Who cares the Herald sure doesn’t…

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Even Keas hate gay solar energy

Keas hate green energy projects too.

A band of seven kea have been kicked out of a Christian campground in Kaiteriteri for continuing bad behaviour.

Four kea from a mob of seven were caught with net guns on Thursday and shifted to the Rainbow ski field area in Nelson Lakes.

Last month a group of six kea causing chaos in the beach settlement were shifted to Canaan Downs.

Department of Conservation kea expert and Kea Conservation Trust worker Corey Mosen said the birds usually dispersed on their own, but the campground was “too entertaining” to ignore.

He thought their home territory was located in native bush slightly uphill from the motor camp.

“They were just coming into the campground and chewing on anything that got left outside.

“They were upsetting everyone.”? Read more »

Where are the Greens when you need them?

DoC are the biggest proponents of 1080, and with reason I can understand that for possum control.

They are however zealots and would like to carpet bomb the whole country to kill every animal in the bush, including goats, pigs and deer. This is the reason they drop only deer strength 1080 and refuse to put repellent on the bait despite stating on every single permit that the targeted species is possum.

They love 1080 but now they are killers.

The Department of Conservation says five out of 39 monitored kea have died of poisoning during the first field study using a bird repellent in an aerial 1080 operation near Otira.

DOC has been trialling repellents after a number of kea deaths from 1080 poisoning. In 2008 seven died in the Franz Josef and Fox Glacier area, and in 2011 seven more died at Okarito.? Read more »

Botulism kills more birds than Rena

Remember all the fuss over the 1000 birds that died from the oil spill as a result of the MV Rena running aground?

Check out the liars at Greenpeace, they still claim that:

The?Rena?has left a real mark on our national consciousness. It also left a very real mark on the Bay of Plenty coast. The Bird Recovery Centre estimates that so far up to 20,000 birds have been killed by the?Rena?s?fuel oil. The death toll amongst other wildlife, like whales, seals and fish, will likely never be known. Fishing and dive tour operators have been hit hard by the accident ? the?Rena?hit one of the Bay?s best diving spots.

Maritime New Zealand has the real numbers not the lies of Greenpeace:

A total of 2118 dead birds were found in the six weeks after the?Rena?grounded in October and spilt an estimated 350 tonnes of oil. Two thirds of these dead birds (about 1400) were oiled. Of these, nearly 1000 had oil over more than 50 percent of their bodies.

But things are way worse for the poor birds of New Zealand and it isn’t from oil from the MV Rena.

A suspected avian botulism outbreak in Christchurch’s wetlands has killed more than 4000 birds, taking the death toll to above that from the Rena oil spill.

Increased sewage levels in the Bromley oxidation ponds, the Avon-Heathcote Estuary and the eastern wetlands caused by the earthquake may be responsible for the outbreak, according to a conservation officer.

In an email obtained by The Press, council ornithologist Andrew Crossland told council staff and conservation organisations that more than 10 per cent of the area’s population had died due to the outbreak.

The email, which used figures from December 20 last year, said that 3877 dead birds had been collected in the area.

The worst-affected species were the paradise shelduck, which lost more than 85 per cent of its population (1415 birds), the mallard/grey duck (49 per cent, or 385 birds), and the grey teal duck (13 per cent, or 495 birds).

The deaths meant there would be a “substantial decrease in numbers” in Avon-Heathcote and Bromley, as well as at “source areas and migration/dispersal destinations”.

Several other significant species, including the scaup, shoveler and royal spoonbill, had also been suffered losses, “but not at levels that the population can’t recover from in one to three years”.

Perhaps Lucy Lawless and the rest of her lying Greenpeace cohorts might like to climb down off the ship they are currently illegally occupying and haul their arses to Christchurch to save Ducks from botulism.

$2000 for a shag!

Some guy paid $2000 for a shag:

Lonely Sandy could be the most expensive shag in New Zealand thanks to a little love from a Titirangi couple.

The injured pied shag was about to die in Sandy Bay, Port Charles, before it was rescued by the Davis family who paid $2000 to fly it to Green Bay’s NZ Bird Rescue Trust.

Narelle and Gavin Davis’ children, Ellie, 7, and Trent, 11, spotted the bird? in front of their Sandy Bay bach three weeks ago.

”It was waddling up the road like a duck.

”He was just really really skinny and small,” Narelle Davis says.

Oh it’s a bird….pftt and here was I thinking he was getting full service plus extras….all night. Perhaps some of my sex industry readers might like to tell me what sort of shag you get for $2000.

But sheesh…spending that much on a bloody shag…obviously they have never had one of these bastards take a full size snapper of a line as you are reeling it in. Not only that it’s a bloody Australian bird.

A quick wring of the neck and no one would have been none the wiser. Cactus is right about the lesson his kids have learned.

What is more lethal than Rena’s oil slick?

A single Maori Woman with a craving for t?t?.

You see our mates reckon that we have ?had a far greater impact on the country’s bird population – killing over 40,000 muttonbirds singletoothedly over our lifetime. That is very true. We are of course very old ?so its taken nearly half a century to reach that figure. So while we have dispatched a lot of oily birds to eat ?- the ?RENA’s oily slick ?hasn’t really eaten a lot of birds.

T?t??or Muttonbirds are harvested in numbers that make Rena’s kill look like rounding:

In New Zealand, about 250,000 mutton birds are?harvested?for oils, food and fats each year by the native?M?ori.?Young birds just about to fledge are collected from the burrows, plucked and often preserved in salt.

That makes Maori, Kaitiakitanga, guardians of the land and creatures, more lethal than an oil slick for New Zealand bird life.