Photo of the week: Takahē Expedition

Department of Conservation —  20/11/2013

If you’re a regular reader of the blog then you’d be aware that this month we’re giving special attention to the critically endangered takahē. Today, however, is extra special because on 20 November 1948 — exactly 65 years ago — takahē were rediscovered in the Murchison Mountains in Fiordland.

“It’s either a damned big swampy [swamp hen, or pukeko], or it’s it,” whispered Dr Geoffrey Orbell to his companions, when they spotted the first bird.

Today’s photo of the week shows Dr Robert Falla (left) holding a  takahē chick and Dr Geoffrey Orbell (right), in Takahe Valley, Fiordland.

Takahe Expedition, photo of Dr R. Falla (left) holding takahe chick and Dr G.B. Orbell (right), Takahe Valley, Fiordland. Original photo probably taken by J. H. Sorenson.

To celebrate takahē, and to highlight their plight, Mitre 10 Takahē Rescue are running events throughout November, including the chance to win the Ultimate Takahē Experience in the Murchison Mountains.

Learn more about Takahē Awareness Month on the DOC website.

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