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Articles - Seabirds
Written by Annette Lambly and Rose Davis   
Saturday, 10 February 2018

The rough seas and driving easterlies are playing havoc with New Zealand's birdlife.

Hundreds of seabirds have been found sick or dying on Northland's east coast beaches.

Dead and starving penguins have also been reported on Auckland's Waiheke Island and North Shore, the Coromandel Peninsula and Kaikōura.

Department of Conservation principal science advisor Graeme Taylor said La Nina conditions at sea since the spring had increased ocean temperatures, making it harder for young penguins to find fish.

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