Media Release 21 January 2019 First albatross chick for 2019 hatches The first chicks of the 2018/19 breeding season for the Royal Albatross Colony at Pukekura were welcomed today with three newly hatched chicks seen by DOC Rangers. In a Dunedin tradition a “Happy Birthday” flag flys from the Dunedin City Council’s Mayoral Flagpole to […]
Dunedin’s Royal Albatross Centre is preparing for a possible influx of albatross chicks following a record number of eggs being laid this year. Fifty one eggs have been laid this season compared to an average of 30-35 eggs over each of the past five years. DOC Ranger Jim Watts, says while it’s still early days, […]
As we make our way into the new Albatross breeding season, so far 11 chicks have fledged for their first ever flight to make their big journey around the southern hemisphere to spend 5 years out at sea before returning back to land at Pukekura “Taiaroa Head”, 2 Albatross chicks are still here waiting for […]
Albatross Update: March 2018 13 Albatross Chicks are currently doing well, unfortunately one died recently due to unknown reason. We still have 4 Albatross Chicks nesting on view of the Observatory that we can see on our tours. 14 chicks were sexed, there are 9 Females and 4 male and 1 unknown. Chicks are currently […]
It is the end of the breeding season for the little blue penguins at Taiaroa Head.Most adult penguins have finished their annual moult and the chicks have fledged from the reserve, just a small handful left to go. Numbers seen at this time of year on tour range between 15 – 30 penguins coming ashore.
COLONY UPDATE MARCH Webcam chick was 3kgs today so that is a good weight for its age. Another chick that is just 3 days older than webcam chick weighed in at 4.9 kgs (It turned its back on its dad which I think, is albatross for “none for me today thanks” when his dad arrived […]
What a great season it has been so far. We now have 34 Albatross nest, they are currently incubating their single egg. They will start to hatch from mid-January to mid-February 2017.95 individual albatross reported seen for the 2016-17 season. We have 4 albatross nesting on view from our main viewing observatory that we can […]
41 Albatross have been recorded so far, more on their way as we lead more into the albatross breeding and nest establishment period. The las two days, 100% of our tours have seen albatross on land and in flight as the wind has been prefect.