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On a wing and a prayer: Tiaki's excellent adventure

Radio New Zealand logo Radio New Zealand 31/10/2021

Toroa fledgling Tiaki has arrived in Chile after more than a month flying across the South Pacific Ocean.

A northern royal albatross, Tiaki hatched on January 24 and left Taiaroa Head on the Otago Peninsula late last month.

Young albatrosses typically spend several years at sea, foraging in the Southern Ocean before returning home to New Zealand to breed.

A satellite tracker meant Tiaki's voyage to South America can be tracked online and the plucky toroa had plenty of fans.

Tiaki featured on the Royal Albatross Cam, also known as the RoyalCam, located at the end of the Otago Peninsula, in the Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve.

Each year since 2015 it has featured a different nesting pair of albatrosses and Tiaki was the offspring of this year's featured pair.

The Taiaroa Head Nature Reserve is the only mainland colony of albatrosses in the Southern Hemisphere and is home to nearly 10,000 seabirds.

The RoyalCam's livestream is hosted by the Department of Conservation and the Cornell Lab of Ornithology.

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