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Missy & Seth do it again

Our oldest pair of King Penguins Seth & Missy have laid the first egg of the year.  Missy, aged approximately 37, & Seth, 34, have paired up every year for the past few seasons and always produce eggs. Keepers have removed the egg and placed it in the incubator for...

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Week 19 – What a Week

The week just gone may have been the best one yet in my 11 plus years of working at Birdland.   The major highlight was undoubtedly meeting, watching & working with Sir David Attenborough. He came in before opening on Friday to do some filming for his new series David...

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Sir David Attenborough visits Birdland

This Friday saw Sir David Attenborough visit Birdland to do some work with our King Penguins.  Filming for David Attenbouroughs Natural Curiosities took place before we opened for the public and involved Sir David sitting in amongst of group of 13 King Penguins & 9 Humboldts and discussing the similarities...

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Week 13 – Egg-citing Times

Evening everyone Just a quick update this week as we approach Easter, one of our busiest times of year both in terms of work and the number of guests.  If it is dry/sunny (!) then hopefully lots of people will come in to see the birds. For the Keepers it...

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Week 12 – PR (Penguin Relations)

Some of you may have seen us in the local media over the past few weeks, both on TV & in the press.  We have had several small snippets in the local papers what with Mothers Day, new Penguins and various bits and pieces going on and yesterday we were...

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Week 11 – It’s all in the Planning

On Thursday of last week the keeping team sat down to discuss thoughts for the forthcoming breeding season.  This included which aviaries the birds will be kept in, changes in diet, what nest sites/materials to use and any specialised requirements.  I thought I'd share some of the things that we...

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Week 10 – Magnificent Mothers

This weeks blog is dedicated to the mums of the bird world to celebrate this weekends Mothers Day (still time to buy the card/flowers/chocolate so don't panic!).  With many of our species both mum and dad take it in turn to incubate the eggs and rear the young but with...

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Week 9 – Angry Birds

No, not the mobile game, this weeks blog is about health & safety when working with the birds.  Birds aren't dangerous I hear you cry, well guess again, we have some truly dangerous animals in our collection and this weeks blog is all about how we work with such animals...

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Week 8 – Not the Jeremy Kyle show!

In the next couple of weeks we will be looking to find out the sexes of some of last years hatchlings and I thought I'd take the chance to explain how we find out whether our birds are male or female.  With newly hatched chicks it is virtually impossible to distinguish between the sexes...

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Week 7 – Love is in the air

As this Thursday is Valentines Day I thought I'd write today about pairing the birds up.  At this time of year we are busy trying to find mates for some of the single birds, or new homes for birds we want to move on to other collections.  As many of...

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