King Shag population increases in Marlborough

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July 2019   The King Shag population in Marlborough has increased by 25 per cent over the past year. A report found an overall population of 789 King Shags recorded at 11 sites throughout the Marlborough Sounds. This is an increase from 633 birds recorded in the 2018 survey....
King Shag on rocks

Rare King Shag: New survey method most accurate count to date

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Media release – 13 May 2015. The New Zealand King Shag, found only in the Marlborough Sounds, is one of the rarest seabirds in the world. A recent aerial survey was conducted, the first of its kind for this species, which shows a total King Shag population of 839 birds....