The post on this topic was removed because the information had not been
"properly released". I found the following on the Bird Studies Canada website
this morning, so I assume it must have been released now.
Karen Baird said it was important that experts should get out to the breeding
colonies to check on the harm occurring there. Among the dead birds recorded so
far are 178 Common Diving-petrels Pelecanoides urinatrix, 114 Fluttering
Shearwaters Puffinus gavia, 68 Buller’s Shearwaters Puffinus bulleri and 13
Little Penguins Eudyptula minor, along with smaller numbers of albatrosses and
other species of petrel.
“The fact the dead birds include numbers of Buller’s Shearwaters is
significant, because they only breed on the Poor Knights Islands north of
Auckland. This shows the zone of impact from the disaster has already spread
outside the Bay of Plenty”, she said.
Eleven oiled Little Penguins were taken to the Oiled Wildlife Response Unit in
Mount Maunganui overnight and five New Zealand Dotterels Charadrius obscurus
had been removed from areas threatened by oil pollution at Matakana Island,
Maketu and Pukehina.
“These three areas are important strongholds for New Zealand Dotterels, which
are going into their breeding season. This is a highly endangered species, with
only around 1,500 birds estimated to exist”, Karen Baird said.
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