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Obviously incorrect...image

Postby Peter Frost » Tue Mar 28, 2023 5:21 pm

Here is one for the "obviously incorrrect" afficionados. Radio New Zealand had a news item on 23 March headed "Scores of confused birds crash in Kaikōura, lighting blamed", a useful reminder of the problem of urban lighting faced by fledging Hutton's shearwaters as they head for the sea on their maiden flight (see https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/ldr/486590/scores-of-confused-birds-crash-in-kaikoura-lighting-blamed]). But oh deary me, look at the photograph illustating the article and captioned "Hutton's shearwater, gliding wings outstretched, Kaikoura, New Zealand" https://rnz-ressh.cloudinary.com/image/upload/s--eawSX-iA--/ar_16:10,c_fill,f_auto,g_auto,q_auto,w_1050/v1679546269/4LBOR4Z_Hutton_s_shearwater_jpg. :shock: Anyone up for offering a picture of real Hutton's shearwater to RNZ, for future use?

To give Kaikoura and its citizens their due, they are making efforts to adjust the town's lighting, at least during the shearwaters' fledging period.

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Re: Obviously incorrect...image

Postby Wrybill » Thu Mar 30, 2023 2:25 pm

That photo Is Very Wrong Unfortunately I have No Photo Of Hutton's shearwater But I can see where some resemblance to Cape Petrel came from.
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Re: Obviously incorrect...image

Postby Jan » Thu Mar 30, 2023 2:42 pm

There are loads of photos on the www.nzbirdsonline page, They could have looked at that and asked? Or asked the Trust at kaikoura, even. But in actual fact RNZ is flying on a wing and a prayer at present as the merger was cancelled and a lot of cash was wasted.

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