Man who rediscovered the takahe, nonagenarian

The man who refused to believe the takahe was extinct died in Dunedin on Tuesday at the age of 98.

It was assumed, when Dr. Geoffrey Orbell rediscovered the takahe in Fiordland’s Murchison Mountains in 1948, that the bird had been extinct for over 50 years. Dr. Orbell described the magical moment this way: “Suddenly I saw in a clearing in the snow grass a bird with a bright red beak and a blue and green colouring. And there, no more than twenty metres away from us stood a living Notornis, the bird that was supposed to be extinct.”

I saw takahe at Mt Bruce. It is a wonderful place to visit. The birds are about a large chicken in size.
Takahe Maungaclick to enlarge

The Associated Press, Published: August 15, 2007

WELLINGTON, New Zealand: New Zealand doctor Geoffrey Orbell, who rediscovered a flightless bird that was believed extinct almost 60 years ago, has died in the southern city of Dunedin, his family said Wednesday. He was 98.

No one had seen a live takahe — a unique blue-green, hen-like bird with a bright red bill — since the late 1890s, when Orbell and three companions found a small colony in Fiordland on South Island in November 1948. The discovery stunned the world of ornithology and made front-page news across the globe.

Geoffrey Buckland Orbell was born Oct. 7, 1908, at Pukeuri on South Island… He graduated in medicine and chemistry in 1934, then went to Moorfields Eye Hospital in London where he received a Diploma in Ophthalmic Medicine and Surgery… Orbell didn’t retire from medicine until he was 70….

Almost 300 takahe (Notornis mantelli) now live in Fiordland and other sanctuaries thanks to careful husbandry and breeding programs…. Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II made him a Member of the British Empire (MBE) in 1953

Regnum: Animalia • Phylum: Chordata • Classis: Aves • Ordo: Gruiformes • Familia: Rallidae • Genus: Porphyrio

Geoffrey Orbell, a doctor who was happiest in the outdoors where he found the “extinct” takahe in 1948, has died in Dunedin just a few weeks short of his 99th birthday. Orbell was a man of many talents – ophthalmologist, cabinet maker, boat and house builder, skilled shot (founder of the NZ Deerstalkers Association), tramper, fisherman and local body politician. But above all he will be remembered for his rediscovery of the takahe, the unique and flightless blue-green, hen-like bird with the bright red bill in the depths of Fiordland. […]

O’Folks off their rocker Add this to Bookmarks:

Site Search Tags: , , , ,

Advertisements

1 Response to “Man who rediscovered the takahe, nonagenarian”



  1. 1 Re-discovery of ‘extinct’ animals | Dear Kitty. Some blog Trackback on 2012 February 16 at 7:04 am
Comments are currently closed.



O’Folks (off their rocker)

Old age isn't a disease.

Arctic sunset

© header image

Comments how-tos

For those new to blogs, check out this post *commenting on blogs* Recent comments, on the sidebar blogroll, often have additional or complementary information. Recent revisions of posts themselves may be found by using the search box for "revised". Tech support says spam (ads or worse) is hitting WordPress heavily so if you don't see your comment in 24 hours, send an E-mail and TS will check the spam trap.

RSS BHIC Bringing Health Info to the Community

  • An error has occurred; the feed is probably down. Try again later.

Categories

RSS Nonagenarian news

  • Beverly Lewis Passes Away At Age 90 - Horse Racing News ... - Paulick Report
    Paulick ReportBeverly Lewis Passes Away At Age 90 - Horse Racing News ...Paulick ReportBeverly Lewis, who with her late husband Robert, campaigned such champions as Serena's Song, Silver Charm, and Charismatic, passed away Oct. 20 after a ...Beverly Lewis Dies at Age 90 - BloodHorseBloodHorse.com (press release) (blog)Report: Horse owner, activist Bever […]
  • Edna Bass Gatewood, age 95, Surgoinsville - Therogersvillereview
    TherogersvillereviewEdna Bass Gatewood, age 95, SurgoinsvilleTherogersvillereviewSURGOINSVILLE — Edna Bass Gatewood, 95, flew away to her heavenly home Thursday, October 19, 2017, at home in Surgoinsville, surrounded by love of family and friends, following declining health. The second eldest child of H.E. and Malissie Greer ...
  • Don Kaye, age 90 - The Citizen.com
    The Citizen.comDon Kaye, age 90The Citizen.comDon Kaye (Donald Koscierzyna), accomplished artist and beloved art teacher of many budding artists in the Fayette and Clayton County areas, passed away July 11, 2017, only a week after his 90th birthday. Born on the fourth of July, 1927, in Chicago ...
  • 'Grandma' still working at Mich. McDonald's at age 92 - The Detroit News
    The Detroit News'Grandma' still working at Mich. McDonald's at age 92The Detroit NewsAt age 92, Smith is a beloved employee of the Webberville McDonald's, just north of Interstate 96's Webberville exit. Long after her ... At a restaurant known for giving teens their first jobs, Smith defies age expectations, preparing food from 7-10 […]
  • Game of Thrones actor dies: Set world record for narrating the show's audiobooks - EW.com
    EW.comGame of Thrones actor dies: Set world record for narrating the show's audiobooksEW.comDotrice was known to Game of Thrones fans for his brief role as Wisdom Hallyne the pyromancer in season 2. But more impressively, he also read the audiobooks for George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire, and holds the Guinness World Record for the ...Brit […]
  • Ellen Goodnight, age 92, of Temple, died Wednesday - Temple Daily Telegram
    Temple Daily TelegramEllen Goodnight, age 92, of Temple, died WednesdayTemple Daily TelegramHello! Thank you for visiting TDTNews.com, the online home of the Temple Daily Telegram. You will be able to view up to 10 articles with our compliments every 30 days. You currently have 9 remaining. Then, if you enjoy our site and want full access, we ...and more »
  • Helen DeVos, wife of Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos, dies at age 90 - Orlando Sentinel
    WILX-TVHelen DeVos, wife of Orlando Magic owner Rich DeVos, dies at age 90Orlando SentinelHelen DeVos, the wife of Orlando Magic owner and Amway co-founder Rich DeVos, was known for her philanthropic efforts to the arts and passion for Christian education, but her first love was her family, those who knew her said. She and her husband were ...Philanthropist […]
  • Hall of Fame quarterback YA Tittle dies at age 90 - ESPN
    ESPNHall of Fame quarterback YA Tittle dies at age 90ESPNTittle passed for 33,070 yards and 242 touchdowns in two leagues during his career, including 13 300-yard passing games in an age when the rushing game dominated the sport. Tittle was the only quarterback of his generation to throw at least 30 ...YA Tittle, NFL legend and Pro Football Hall of Famer, di […]
  • He wanted to bench press 90 pounds on his 90th birthday; He did that, and then some - 9NEWS.com
    9NEWS.comHe wanted to bench press 90 pounds on his 90th birthday; He did that, and then some9NEWS.comGrowing stronger with age holds true when we're still young, but don't tell that to Leonard Overholt. When Leonard turned 88, he set a goal some worried was too high. “He said, 'I want to bench [press] 100 lbs. when I'm 90,' and I […]
  • Hugh Hefner, iconic founder of Playboy, has died at age 91 - CNBC
    CNBCHugh Hefner, iconic founder of Playboy, has died at age 91CNBCHugh Hefner, the founder of Playboy magazine, died Wednesday at his Beverly Hills-area home, the Playboy Mansion, at age 91. Playboy Enterprises said he died of natural causes. The magazine was founded more than 60 years ago and created a niche ...Playboy founder Hugh Hefner dies at age 91Reut […]
August 2007
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Haeremai Camai Bula Bepuwave Bienvenidos

  • 172,285 visitors

%d bloggers like this: