Pacific News, November 2012

18 Dec 2012

Pacific watch


Australia EagleCam is again trained on the nest of a pair of sea eagles at Olympic Park in Sydney. The BirdLife Australia project is giving insights into the species’ breeding behaviour. Photo: BirdLife Australia


Lord Howe Island

The Australian government announced it will spend A$9 million to rid the 56 square kilometre World Heritage Area of rodents. At least 13 bird species are threatened by rats. Photo: Tony Jewell.




Rats and goats have been eliminated from the islands of Kadomo and Monuriki in a BirdLife International and National Trust of Fiji project last year. The introduced pests were threatening the critically endangered Fijian crested iguanas and many seabirds.Photo: Fijian crested iguana, Birdlife Pacific.


Henderson Island

Sadly, Pacific rats have been found after the RSPB eradication operation last year, so more work is needed. However, monitoring shows many of the island’s bird populations have bounced back due to greatly reduced rat numbers. Red-footed booby chick.Photo: Julien Baudat-



Tahiti Societe d’Ornithologie de Polynesie has saved 60 grounded petrels and shearwaters attracted by lights, after launching a publicity campaign and training volunteers to rescue the birds. Tahiti petrel release. Photo: Matthieu Aureau


Cook Islands

Cook Islands Prime Minister Henry Puna announced a 1 million square kilometre marine reserve to reverse its deteriorating marine ecosystems. Other Pacific nations are set to follow, including Kiribati and Tokelau. Photo: Kevin Dalley