East coast release for ocean bird
Bad weather on the North Island’s west coast meant two extra birds became part of the Hawke’s Bay’s environment last Wednesday.
The two fairy prions, a native sea bird, were found after crash landing at Waitarere and Feilding, then cared for at Massey University’s Veterinary Teaching Hospital.
A Massey spokeswoman said they were a difficult bird to care for in hospital as they were not designed to bear weight on their feet on artificial surfaces for long periods of time.
Once they were fed, hydrated and cleared for injuries staff wanted to released them, but the weather near Palmerston North was too rough.
After a week of trying to release the pair staff called the National Aquarium in Napier.
The aquarium’s lead curator and boat skipper Kerry Hewitt said they took the birds a couple of kilometres off shore for the release.
Massey University Veterinary Teaching Hospital wildlife technician Christine Tan released a fairy prion last week.