A new book, Rat Island, documents the desperate rescue mission of two feathered NZ treasures - the flightless Kakapo and the tiny lesser-known Least Auklet, both island-dwelling birds being edged out by introduced species such as rats, weasels, stoats and ferrets - many of them introduced in the mid-1800s, ironically, to tackle the out-of-control rabbit population!
|An endangered Kakapo on Maud Island in the Marlborough Sounds.|
Read this excellent review of Rat Island by Michael Scott at Plain Dealer.
|A Least Auklet, the smallest species of Auk.|
And watch this impressive display of hundreds of Least Auklets wheeling through the evening sky as they come home to roost, to get a sense of what could have been lost to us all forever: