Look out for Bird of the Year poll

01 Oct 2008

Cast your vote in this year’s most important poll – Forest & Bird’s Bird of the Year – which is open from October 7 to November 7.

Some well-known Kiwis have already voted for their favourite native bird. Mountaineer Peter Hillary rates fellow alpine dweller the kea his top bird. “The anachronism of a parrot up in the snow is uniquely New Zealand and their call and the orange flash of their wings is always a thrill to me, and the epitome of wild New Zealand.”

Television presenter Jason Gunn shares Peter Hillary’s admiration of the kea: “Their cheekiness is just so loveable."

Broadcaster Graeme Hill is still backing last year’s winner, the grey warbler, and wildlife photographer Tui De Roy is voting for the southern royal albatross. “With a wingspan reaching well in excess of three metres and capable of circumnavigating the globe with ease, for me it personifies the spirit of utter freedom and wildness that life on the open ocean conveys.”

Get in early to make sure your favourite native bird is first past the post. From October 7, cast your online vote on the Forest & Bird home page.