Yellow-eyed penguin J10001 at Tavora Reserve recently.
Photo by Yellow Eyed Penguin Trust.
The discovery of one of the oldest yellow-eyed penguins
banded at an Otago reserve has given the people who look after
the birds a boost.
After two difficult breeding seasons due to a mystery illness
and starvation, the discovery of the 25-year-old bird at
Tavora Reserve, near Palmerston, is a good news story,
Yellow-eyed Penguin Trust general manager Sue Murray says.
The bird is believed to be one of only three banded
yellow-eyed penguins known to reach that age and the only one
''It's impressive. Very unusual,'' Mrs Murray said.
''Band number was J10001. Don't you love it?''
The bird was banded as a chick at Tavora in 1989 by the
Department of Conservation.
Doc conservation services manager coastal Otago Dave Agnew
said J10001 was at the older end of the age spectrum for the
J10001's first recorded breeding was in 1995 and it last bred
in 2011, helping produce two chicks.
When it was seen late last month at Tavora, it was finishing
its moult and it was thought it would go straight back out to