A tale of two islands

James Frankham

Richard Robinson

The Bounty Islands jut out of the water like giant granite fins. Steep and sheer, with no greenery in sight. Covered instead by a mottled white – guano or bird poo from the tens of thousands of penguins and albatrosses that come here to breed.

 

The least studied penguin

The Bounty Islands is one of two remote, subantarctic island groups home to the erect-crested penguin. Stout and handsome, with bright yellow crests that look like elaborate punk rock hairdos, their remote breeding sites means they’ve not been studied in depth.

But Dr Thomas Mattern of the Tawaki Project plans to change that.

 

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A tale of two islands
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