Lyndon Perriman may be the only one in Dunedin wishing for
the cool weather to continue.
The Department of Conservation ranger is overseeing the
hatching of chicks at Taiaroa Head's albatross colony where
cool, windy weather has provided perfect conditions for the
So far, 20 chicks had hatched successfully and six more eggs
were still to hatch, he said.
''Hatching this year has been quite relaxed as the weather
hasn't been that great.''
Last year, the warm, sunny weather resulted in a quarter of
the chicks being affected by fly strike, the biggest threat
to new chicks which required intensive hands-on care to save
them, Mr Perriman said.
The cooler weather had made the past week less stressful for
staff keeping a close on the chicks for fly strike.
''It was a big weekend with a bundle popping out. If we'd had
a hot day coinciding with that we may not be talking about
this number of chicks.
''We're not complaining about the weather. If we get another
week of scungy weather that's fine.''
One chick had died so far this season after an inexperienced
parent stood on it, crushing it.
Next month, the threats would come from predators and then
there was the risk of a parent being lost, which required
staff to hand feed chicks.