Takahē, Rotoroa Island, Auckland

Rotoroa Island is about an hours ferry ride from downtown Auckland and has recently been re-opened to the public. Originally a drug and alcohol rehabilitation facility ran on the island administered by the Salvation Army. Now it is a heritage and conservation site. As a predator free island the re-introduction of native wildlife is slowly starting establish itself.

As part of the reintroduction there are two pairs of Takahē that have established themselves. Recently one pair successfully hatched a chick. At the time of my visit the chick was seven weeks old and just about out of the danger period in which it’s survival outlook dramatically improved.

For more info on Rotoroa Island see this link. I’d highly recommend the guide wildlife walk.

Technical: Nikon D500, Nikkor 70-200mm f4 VR

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