Mystery bird call from Secretary Island, Fiordland

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Colin Miskelly
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Mystery bird call from Secretary Island, Fiordland

Postby Colin Miskelly » Mon May 18, 2020 2:24 pm

Kia ora

The following Te Papa blog contains an embedded sound file of a mystery bird call recorded at night on Secretary Island in March last year.

As explained in the blog, I suspected the call to be from a grey-backed storm petrel chick. However, a visit to the site in February this year did not result in any nests being found.

The species making the call remains a mystery, and I am hoping that publishing the sound file will lead to some suggestions:

https://blog.tepapa.govt.nz/2020/05/18/little-bird-big-country-searching-for-nesting-storm-petrels-in-fiordland/

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philbattley
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Re: Mystery bird call from Secretary Island, Fiordland

Postby philbattley » Wed May 20, 2020 6:55 pm

I can see (hear?) why everyone had trouble with that call. Very mysterious!

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