Moulting Hudsonian Godwit

Saw a total of 10 Hudsonian Godwits today on the rocky beach at Kelp Point.

9 of the birds were still in winter plumage but 1 bird had started its moult into breeding plumage.

                  

                     

Andrew's Beaked Whale

Today at the beach at Pleasant Roads we could see large numbers of Southern Giant Petrels on the sea and also on the beach obviously feeding on some thing that had been washed up on the beach.

 

When we got near we could see that it was a small whale species that they and Kelp Gulls were feeding on. Most of the whale was covered in sand so we dug the tail out and put a rope around it and towed the whale to the back of the beach so it was not completly covered in the next couple of days. 

It turned out to be an Andrew’s Beaked Whale.

      

                      

Also seen feeding on it was a tagged Turkey Vulture number 12

It is about 4m long and the tooth is 20cm from the tip of the beak, we will be going back to take more measurements in the next few days as well as material for DNA analysis.

 

Below are some of the picture I took if anybody has any idea or known someone who might know what species it could be could you please email me. (Now ID as a Andrew’s Beaked Whale, thanks for the many emails)

                    

                            

                      

                

Coscoroba Swan cygnets now flying

Went to check on the Coscoroba Swans today at Pleasant Roads Pond and Kelp Point Pond. Saw a total of 13 adult birds and 11 cygnets

 

On Pleasant Roads Pond there were 9 adult birds but no sign of any cygnets.

 

On Kelp Point Pond there was a single pair and on the sea by the pond there was the pair with 11 cygnets, their 6 plus the stolen 5 from the other breeding pair.

Adult pair with their 6 cygnets.

The stolen 5 larger cygnets are now flying.