Happy Friday!! 😁😁🐬🐬
Happy Friday!! 😁😁🐬🐬
Behavioural data I recorded showed that bottlenose dolphins at Great Barrier Island spent more time resting than any other behaviour. This was thought to correlate with the high number of calves recorded there and provides further evidence that the area is important to the north-eastern North Island population.
Bottlenose dolphins seem to spend less time in the inner Hauraki gulf during summer and are seen in more in other parks of their range such as Great Barrier Island, Northland and Bay of Islands.
What a weekend with @zoelilley 😁 we were lucky enough to swim with a group of adult bottlenose dolphins off the shore, of course we didn't have a GoPro handy! Hopefully we get some footage someone took of us from shore. They were within arms reach, swimming around with us for about 20 minutes. Then we got onto the last couple of dives to finish Zoe's open water and the dolphins came around us a few times then too 🐬🐬 Remember it is illegal to swim with dolphin calves in NZ. Hope everyone has a fun and safe long weekend!!
Forgetting that this flower is a weed 😅 look how it has evolved so that the bee must stick its head right inside, making sure that the pollen is transferred from flower to flower.
Reduce, reuse, and then reuse. It was sad to come across this birds nest that had bits of rubbish used in its construction 🐦
A bottlenose dolphin exhaling, the breathe forcing the water that sits in the recessed blowhole into the air.
New Zealand's bottlenose dolphins are listed as Nationally Endangered, and some trends in sub-populations almost lead to a listing of Nationally Critical. It is estimated that only 637 mature animals in New Zealand waters.
Tawharanui also hosts a marine reserve. We didn't have a chance to snorkel but it was a great place to see some shore birds
Tawharanui is one of my favourite bush walks near Auckland. The open sanctuary has a predator proof fence that helps our native birds to flourish there. The park still has ongoing plantings and pest control to allow the native bush to continue to regenerate.
The Hauraki Gulf has been where I have studied dolphins and whales for the last 5 years. It is full of wonderful creatures, including dolphins, whales, sharks, rays, birds and so much more. . . To help protect this wonderful place, @forestandbird have started a campaign to urge the government to take action. Jump over to forest and bird's page and follow the link to sign the petition and #savethehaurakigulf
I have just submitted my master's thesis. It has been 3 years of undergrad and volunteering, straight into 3 years + of master's work. Thank you to everyone who has helped and supported me throughout this process!
A few shots of tui around the garden. I am days away from submitting my thesis, so I have spent a lot of time glued to the screen. A quick break outside to get some snaps.
A few of the other birds at Kelly's Bay, a couple of immature white fronted terns, a red billed gull and a kingfisher.
Have just spent a couple of nights at Kelly's Bay. The area hosts a huge flock of oyster catchers. The tides in the bay are huge and leave a large mud flat for the birds to forage on. The last image shows the how big the flock is.
Dolphins move house too! Two areas were set aside in the Bay of Islands as a sanctuary from the tour boats. The areas had been identified as an important resting habitats. However, 10 years later the area was hardly used by the dolphins anymore. An important lesson on why ongoing conservstion management is important.
Hey guys, to celebrate the launch of the @blackphins website today, we are giving away two of their awesome t-shirts! There is 1x Hector’s dolphin and 1x orca t-shirt up for grabs. BlackPhins is an awesome new business supporting our awesome marine life. Whenever you purchase one of their t-shirts they will donate 25% of the profit to @nzwhaledolphin . Additionally, they will be adding more products soon to help you reduce your plastic consumption! You can purchase the t-shirts by following the link in their bio 😊✌ To enter simply; 1. Follow the @blackphins Instagram account (Yes I will check) 2. Tag a friend in the comments 3. For extra entries, tag another friend in a separate comment The rules; 1. Entrants must live in New Zealand 2. Contest ends Monday 5th of February 2018 Good luck everyone!
An adult gannet approaches the colony.