A tribute to New Zealand’s mums

Department of Conservation —  09/05/2021 — 5 Comments

This Mother’s Day we pay tribute to New Zealand mums ensuring the survival of our native species. Here’s some of our favourite photos…

Today mums, we salute you!

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A mother and newly born sea lion pup in Sandy Bay, Enderby Island, Auckland Islands. Photo: Andrew Maloney.

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Hector’s dolphin mother and calf, Haylock’s Bay, Banks Peninsula. Photo: Alistair Hutt.

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A family of whio/blue duck in Tongariro National Park. Photo: Tyronne Smith.

Takahe and chick. Photo: Sian Moffitt

Feeding time for a takahe and chick at Wairakei Sanctuary. Photo: Sian Moffitt

The Royal Cam northern royal albatross chick and parent at Taiaroa Head, Otago.

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A weka and chick. Image by Anita Gould (CC BY 2.0)

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A mother paradise duck and young. Photo: Bernard Spragg (CC BY 2.0)

Australasian Gannet feeding chick, Hawkes Bay. Photo: © Janice McKenna.

Feeding time from mum for this Australasian gannet chick. Photo: © Janice McKenna

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Kākāpō mum Kuia on her second Anchor Island nest this breeding season. Photo: Kākāpō ranger Theo Thompson.

To all the mums, grandmothers, mother figures and caregivers out there, Happy Mothers Day, Whakamihia Te Rā o Te Māmā.

5 responses to A tribute to New Zealand’s mums

  1. 

    I love all the photos, thank you Doc for all the great work you do

  2. 
    Richard Leary 01/06/2021 at 3:04 pm

    I have never before seen paradise duck chicks. I was overcome with their beauty

  3. 

    Love the photo of the beautiful kakapo!

  4. 
    Bruce Condon 01/06/2021 at 1:48 pm

    Great photos

  5. 
    Margaret Stevenson-Wright 09/05/2021 at 3:31 pm

    A wonderful and fitting tribute.
    Margaret

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