Albino Peacock

12 01 2008

It would be an interesting study to determine if there is an advantage (or disadvantage) to being albino in species such as peafowl and bettas that choose mates based on the impressiveness of a visual display.


Albino weka rare addition to dairy farm

9 01 2008

The weka is extremely rare and only the second to ever be reported to the Department of Conservation (DOC).

Mr Berry noticed the white fluffy chick one morning before Christmas while he was out milking, and it is now a regular sighting on their Bulls Road farm.

DOC biodiversity ranger Julie Geritzlehner said it had been identified as a male and did not seem to have any problems with eyesight — a common problem with albinos.

However, the weka was not so keen to make friends.

“He was a bit shy, when I tried to get close enough to take a photo he darted away quite quickly which is a bit unusual,” Ms Geritzlehner said.

They decided it was best to leave the weka at the farm rather than attempting to place him in captivity. However, he may not live as long as other wekas.

“Because it’s so obvious in the landscape it means he may be more susceptible to things like harrier hawks,” Ms Geritzlehner said.

Another albino weka was spotted in Hector a few years ago but was never actually seen by a DOC ranger.  Source…

Life’s tough when you’re a beige penguin

4 01 2008

A FREAK penguin that is bullied because of its unusual appearance has been found in Antarctica.

The Adelie penguin lacks pigmentation and is missing its trademark black “dinner jacket”, which is instead a dirty beige.

The bird was spotted by a team of Australian researchers restoring the historic Mawson’s Huts at Cape Denison.

It is not a full albino because it has some colouring, and is instead called a “leucistic” penguin.

It is rare to find an adult leucistic penguin as they stand out in the crowd and are usually gobbled up or attacked by predators — and there are no exceptions in this case.

On the Mawson’s Huts expedition blog, photographer Brett Jarrett described the hapless bird getting picked on and harassed by other penguins.

“At least this individual reached adulthood, even though while being observed was quite regularly picked on and harassed by other ‘normal’ Adelies,” Mr Jarrett said.

The penguin was first spotted by tourists on December 20 and by researchers on December 30.


Albino Great Horned Owl

3 01 2008

Great Horned Owl

Albino Tawny Frogmouth

29 12 2007

This unusual Albino Tawney Frogmouth sits next to a normal Tawny Frogmouth he has made friends with in the aviary. He was found on the ground in a caravan park in Byron Bay with people
shooing him aside to get by.


Partial Albino Bald Eagle

29 12 2007

This photograph was taken by Jack Hodges at Chikat River 35 years ago.