Farewell to Hutton’s Shearwater/Kaikoura Tītī

Te Rūnanga o Ngāi Tahu article and film on the Hutton’s shearwater/Kaikoura Titi.

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Hutton’s shearwater count – Population estimation

In 2002, an estimate of the population of Hutton’s shearwater was made by Graeme Taylor (Department of Conservation) and Paul Scofield (Canterbury Museum) using mark-recapture techniques.  A team visited the Kowhai River colony where 2000 birds were spray painted red or yellow underneath.  After the marking was finished, sightings were made from boats at sea or from the beach, of the ratio of coloured/non-coloured birds from which the estimates of the number of breeding birds were made. It had been 12 years since that work took place and the Trust repeated the exercise again in September 2014.

Four boats were used on the water, each with two teams consisting of an observer and a recorder. Each team made observations from a different side of the boat, to ensure birds were not counted twice as the boat moved slowly through the rafts of shearwaters sitting on the water.  The count involved counting the number of birds sighted with red paint and the number of birds without paint.


Seabird Weekend – Kaikoura Star – April 2014

 Download >> April 2014 Seabird weekend article – Kaikoura Star

Kaikoura’s first full weekend dedicated to seabirds and the science behind them has been hailed as a great success.

Newsletter – Issue 11 – September 2013

 Download >> Newsletter Issue 11 – September 2013
  • Translocation 2013
  • Mountain Colonies 2012 – 2013
  • Farewell event
  • Erosion at the two remaining wild Hutton’s shearwater colonies
  • Become a Friend

Hundreds of rafting Hutton’s shearwaters

Here is a photo taken on yesterdays Whale Watch Kaikoura tour, with hundreds of Hutton’s shearwaters rafted up at sea, patiently waiting for the snow to melt in their alpine colonies.
Photo: Jaegan Taylor, Whale Watch Kaikoura.

Education Pack: A seabird at the top of the mountains

Download >> A seabird at the top of the mountains – DOC education pack

A Seabird At The Top Of The Mountains is the Department of Conservation education pack for Year 4, 5 and 6.

Goal: To ensure that each of our Kaikoura children are aware of, knowledgeable about and proud of the Hutton’s shearwater; Kaikoura being their last place on earth. That we ensure each student is exposed to a formal learning process in their school curriculum twice during their education, once at Year 6 level and once at Year 9 level.

Newsletter – Issue 10 – March 2013

 Download >> Newsletter Issue 10 – March 2013
  • Farewell Event
  • Translocation
  • Welcome Home Event
  • Hutton’s History with Geoff Harrow
  • Auction Prize Dinner
  • Working Bee

Radio New Zealand National – Hutton’s Shearwater Translocation

Audio from Radio New Zealand show Our Changing World with Alison Ballance, Ruth Beran and Veronika Meduna.

The Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust is translocating chicks to establish a new colony on the Kaikoura Peninsula.

Listen to >> recording here (links to Radio National)




Translocation article – Kaikoura Star – March 2013

 Download >> March 2013 Translocation article – Kaikoura Star Part 1

Fewer than half of the expected 100 endangered hutton’s shearwater chicks were plucked from their nests and relocated to the man-made colony on the Kaikoura Peninsula due to the late breeding season.

 Download >> March 2013 Translocation article – Kaikoura Star Part 2

 ‘‘We want them here for a long enough period of time so that we can reprogramme their GPS and make them think that this is home,’’ Mr Bell said.

Translocation article – Kaikoura Star – February 2013

 Download >> Feburary 2013 Translocation article

The annual Hutton’s shearwater translocation project starts next week and the Hutton’s Shearwater Charitable Trust is keen to give the local community plenty of opportunity to come and have a look at the work being done at the peninsula colony.