update: kakapo breeding season of 2009 has started

looks like it’s going to be a good year for the kakapo, one of the rarest birds in the world:

At least one fertile kakapo egg has been laid on Codfish Island, signalling the start of the kakapo breeding season.
Two more eggs have also been laid by the kakapo named Lisa, but their fertility has not yet been confirmed.

source: odt.co.nz

One of the world’s most endangered birds, the kakapo, could number more than 100 by the end of this year.
This will be a milestone which hasn’t been reached for more than 20 years.

source: tvnz.co.nz

meanwhile, the filming for bbc’s new “last chance to see” tv series has ended in new zealand, and stephen fry has posted two video messages, titled “beware of kakapo attacks” (he shows part of the main hut and …more) and “the fattest and largest parrot” (including some actual kakapo footage).
(you’ll either need a british ip address or a UK based proxy server to watch.)

update: the bbc has also just released the episode “ralph, the fragrant parrot of codfish island” from the original 1989 bbc radio series “last chance to see”. again, british proxy required to listen.

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