The Birds NZ youth camp this year is Stewart island/Southland. We're on our second to last day today - homer tunnel rock wren look out!
On Wednesday this week, we had the chance of heading out on the aurora. One of our first stops was Bench Island - we were informed we should be on the lookout for penguins, so we were! Not soon after, the call went up, CRESTED PENGUIN!
At first we all expected it was a straggler Fiordland crested, however after much deliberation and talking with experts we've worked out it was in fact a Snares Crested. Key ID features we worked on were the pinkish skin at the base of the bill and no white cheeks.
We'll try and get a picture up asap.
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David Thomas has sent me this photo of the bird: https://scontent.fpmr1-1.fna.fbcdn.net/ ... e=5B520676
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