At The Sooty Shearwater Colony

This will be a series of little videos showing activity at the sooty shearwater colony for the 2020-21 breeding season. The camera can’t transmit pictures or video, so needs to be visited monthly to swap the SD card and batteries; I will therefore load videos to this page in about one-month blocks. Later blocks of videos will be at the top.

We start in December-January. Both adults will be visiting the burrow, and at this stage they will be incubating one egg, or perhaps will have an early nestling. We can see some pair bonding, activity at both of the burrows visible in shot, territorial disputes, wing exercising, burrow maintenance, gardening, preening. Some of the clips have picked up the birds’ distinctive calls very well.

At The Water Trough

Many readers have asked to see some video from the project. This page shows some clips from one of the water troughs we have scattered about the island. As I find interesting footage, I will add it to the page. New videos will be added immediately below this introductory paragraph. I won’t identify the critters that show up- that’s for you to work out. Our live video experiment is now on the kakariki nest box page.