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Dimensions5313 x 3542
Original file size22.3 MB
Image typeJPEG
Color spaceAdobe RGB (1998)
Date modified8-Aug-11 20:27
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Camera makeNikon
Camera modelNikon COOLSCAN V ED
CI Oystercatcher banding 2

CI Oystercatcher banding 2

Applying bands to a Chatham Island oystercatcher. This black and white wader is unique to the Chatham Islands. It is an endangered species with a high risk of extinction due to its very small population and range.

The Chatham Islands are an archipelago and New Zealand territory in the Pacific Ocean, over 800 kilometres east of southern New Zealand. They are a breeding ground for huge flocks of seabirds and are home to a number of endemic birds including the Chatham Island oystercatcher, snipe, shore plover and black robin.