Recovered Fiji petrel flies again


This video is called Fiji petrel safely released on 31 October 2011.

BirdLife wites about this:

Fiji Petrel crash-lands in Gau

Fri, Dec 16, 2011

NatureFiji-MareqetiViti recently recovered and released a Fiji Petrel Pseudobulweria macgillivrayi, after it landed in a village on Gau Island, Fiji, where this enigmatic species is believed to breed.

The bird grounded was found by local villagers, carefully checked by NatureFiji-MareqetiViti and released safely. Remarkably another individual was caught the following month.

“We are especially happy that the Nawaikama villagers closely followed the procedures we have developed to care for landed petrels”, said Eleazar O’Connor – NatureFiji-MareqetiViti Field Manager. “They contacted us quickly and enabled the petrel’s health to be checked, a thorough set of measurements and moult check made, the first ever band on a Fiji Petrel put on, and the petrel successfully released”.

This video says about itself:

A short video showing the search for the Criticality Endangered Fiji Petrel by NatureFiji-MareqetiViti.

Known from just one specimen collected in 1855 on Gau Island, Fiji, the Fiji Petrel was lost for the next 130 years. Since 1984 there have been a handful of reports of “grounded” birds that had crashed onto village roofs on Gau. Until 2009 there had been no confirmed sightings of the seabird at sea. This video shows the voyage that captured the first amazing images of the bird.

Two communities in Fiji are now reaping the benefits of protecting their forests for the sake of birds and other biodiversity, and have vowed to promote the message of conservation to other communities as well: here.

Saving wildlife in Fiji: here.

Two staff from the BirdLife Fiji Programme and the Pacific Secretariat gave up any amorous intentions of their own on Valentine’s Day to try a little avian matchmaking. Together with volunteers from the Vatu-i-ra Site Support Group (SSG), the team spent three days on Vatu-i-ra Island, Fiji, installing a solar-powered sound system designed to broadcast the calls of several threatened seabirds in a bid to attract them back to the island: here.

August 2012. It looked like ‘just another forested hillside’ but Bob and Tar – the Fiji Petrel detector Dogs proved otherwise – they found the first significant colony of Vulnerable Collared Petrels to date: here.

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