It's a bird's life: The fluff, the feathers and the feeding

It's a bird's life: The fluff, the feathers and the feeding

The Department of Conservation (DOC) has set up a livestream of the albatross colony on Otago Peninsula to give the public a live feed of the latest hatchlings' live feed.

The rare Northern Royal Albatross colony welcomed its first chick for the 2015-2016 season earlier this month.

There are 29 eggs this season and the first 48 hours of hatching are critical for the little ones who are checked on often to make sure they're adequately fed.

Fly strike is the main concern for the chicks, as is overheating from the hot summer weather.

Tairoa is the world's only mainland royal albatross breeding colony and the endangered birds have been breeding there since 1938. It is currently home to 220 albatrosses who breed every two years once of age.

"Few people in the world have the chance to get this close to a nesting albatross chick," DOC's threatened species ambassador Nicola Toki says.

"It's amazing to look right into the nest to see the chick's new beginning."

The parents take turns guarding and feeding the chick for the next five or six weeks. They then leave it unguarded, except for feeding visits, until it is ready to fly at about eight months.

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