Can I tick these birds?
Koren Mitchell <>
Mon, 26 Nov 2012 13:12:50 +1000
I know, I know, always a question that provokes discussion, but I thought I'd
ask anyway. Not wanting to argue, just interested in people's opinions.
I'm currently in Wellington and just got back from a trip to Zealandia
sanctuary. This is a place on the outskirts of Wellington where they have built
a predator-proof fence and reintroduced some of the species that were
originally there, as well as a couple from other parts of the country. These
birds are free-flying (apart from the takahe which is flightless) and most have
now been breeding in the sanctuary for between 5 and 10 years.
So, can I legitimately count on my life list the birds that I saw in the
sanctuary (apart from the takahe which I wouldn't count as it is definitely 'in
captivity')? Is seeing the birds in this sanctuary any different from going to
Kapiti Island, where many of the same birds have been reintroduced?
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