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Posted on 05/17/2017


Photo taken on May  4, 2017



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A good news story

A good news story
There aren't enough good news stories, but this is one. These are Lord Howe Woodhens (Gallirallus sylvestris). They are classed as "Endangered" because they are endemic to only this island and the total number is only about 400. How can that be good news? Because there were only about 30 in the mid-1970s and 15 by 1980! Since then there was an intensive breeding programme and an ongoing campaign to rid the island of feral species destroying wildlife and habitat: there now are no wild pigs or goats on the island (both introduced as food for passing sailors in the 1800s), all cats also have now been removed, and there is an ongoing programme to eliminate rats. I was delighted to see these deep in the forest, on the walk down from Intermediate Peak - (see also notes).

Thorsten Aurin, Malik Raoulda, Tractacus, Pam J and 10 other people have particularly liked this photo


14 comments - The latest ones
Annemarie
Annemarie
most beautiful!
6 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
A really good shot and a first for me.
6 months ago.
Jeff Farley
Jeff Farley
An excellent image, thank you for posting to Fur, Fin and Feather.
6 months ago.
Roger (Grisly)
Roger (Grisly)
Lovely shot and good news George, double win.
6 months ago.
Gerard Perin
Gerard Perin
belle prise
6 months ago.
Jaap van 't Veen
Jaap van 't Veen
Beautiful bird and very well captured.
Thank you for the info.
6 months ago.
Amelia Heath
Amelia Heath
Good news indeed, George. That's quite a comeback. They look so unafraid, or did you have a telephoto lens on the camera?
6 months ago.
Luiza Marilu Palacio Lu
Luiza Marilu Palacio…
So cute :)
6 months ago.
Gudrun
Gudrun
Excellent photos and good news indeed! In NZ they do similar eradication programmes but as most islands are nearer to mainland it's much harder to control, rats can easily swim back.
6 months ago.
Ulrich John
Ulrich John
Very nice, George ! And really good news !
6 months ago.
Larry Drummond
Larry Drummond
Fantastic news indeed! Well captured, too.
6 months ago.
Tractacus
Tractacus
And long may they prosper!
6 months ago.
Pam J
Pam J
Now that is a success story !!!
6 months ago.
Malik Raoulda
Malik Raoulda
Une série remarquable et joliment présentée ++++++
6 months ago.