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The Amazing Mottled Petrel!

Whenua Hou is an island treasure, and the key to the survival of more than just the Kakapo. There are many conservation studies based on this tiny speck of land, and one of the most amazing is the study and translocation of the Mottled Petrel.

 

Location

Whenua Hou, Southland, NZ
New Zealand

Maoris and the Kakapo: Iwi Perspective

 

 

Location

Whenua Hou, Codfish Island, Southland, New Zealand
New Zealand

Taogna

Artists for Conservation

Taogna was in trouble.

 

Taonga was hatched in 2011. A female kakapo chick is very valuable to the future of the kakapo as a species. As a three-year old chick, she was routinely monitored via her transmitter backpack and various weighing stations. A loss of weight was noted, and rangers were sent out to bring her back.

 

At the headquarters, she was examined and found to be severely underweright and in poor body condition. She was palced in the care facility, and a series of diagnostic tests were collected.

 

Location

Codfish Island, Southland, New Zealand
New Zealand

Chick Sketches

Here are a few sketches of Lisa 1 and Rakiura 2, taken from journal entries:

 

 

where it all begins

 

Location

Codfish Island, Southland, New Zealand
New Zealand

Beautiful Feathers!

Artists for Conservation

The kakapo is such a unique parrot. There are so many attributes that distinguish this species from all others. The lovely plumage is the first thing to be noticed.

 

Location

Codfish Island, Southland, New Zealand
New Zealand

Other Inhabitants of Whenua Hou

Artists for Conservation

Kakapo are the largest non-human terrestrial denizens of lovely Whenua Hou. But they have many interesting neighbors.

 

Prior to humans, birds were the dominant vertebrates on the New Zealand Continent. The only mammals, some small bats, were tiny in comparison to the giant moas and eagles that roamed the landscape. Kakapos were the most numerous parrot in the land, when humans arrived.

 

Location

Codfish Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand

The Whenua Hou Ecosystem

Whenua Hou is the island home to the Kakapo. It was originally unhihabited, until the local Maori on the mainland gave the island to Maori-European couples to settle (and presumably to keep them separate and out of trouble). Sealing was the main interest, and life was rugged. Eventually the sealing trade diminished and the population of humans declined.

 

Location

Codfish Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand

The story of Lisa1

Artists for Conservation

 

 

 

What an extrodinary story!

 

Location

Codfish Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand

Starting the art flow

Artists for Conservation

13 April 2014

With all the diversions and interesting things going on, time is ticking away and I am ready to get on with some serious art work.

 

Field sketching is a good base for all illustration. Supplemental (but not professional) photography is integral to proper scientific illustration, so in truth I have already begun!

 

Location

Codfish Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand

Life at the Hut

Ranger Hut on Whenua Hou/Codfish Island

12 April 2014

 

Life at the ranger hut is both routine and extrordinary. Every person on the island works very hard; long hours and often through the night and day. The rangers repair, fix, maintain, catch invisible birds, health check, replace transmitters, track, babysit volunteers and do so much more. They are men and women of great endurance, strength, dedication and knowledge.

 

Location

Whenua Hou Island, Southland, NZ
New Zealand
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