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: , , , ,

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.

Categories

RSS Nonagenarian news

  • It took Dr. Henry Heimlich until age 96 to use namesake maneuver, but use it he did - LA Daily News
    LA Daily NewsIt took Dr. Henry Heimlich until age 96 to use namesake maneuver, but use it he didLA Daily NewsCINCINNATI — The 96-year-old Cincinnati surgeon credited with developing his namesake Heimlich maneuver recently used the emergency technique for the first time himself to save a woman choking on food at his senior living center. Dr. Henry Heimlich .. […]
  • Funeral Services for Viola Mason, age 91 of Broken Bow - Sand Hills Express
    Funeral Services for Viola Mason, age 91 of Broken BowSand Hills ExpressFuneral Services for Viola Mason will be held Tuesday, May 31st, at 10:00 AM at Govier Brothers Mortuary Chapel, Broken Bow, Nebraska with Rev. Jim Koontz officiating. Burial will be in the Gates Cemetery, Gates Nebraska. Visitation will be Monday, May ...
  • Millennials think they'll earn six figures by age 30, expect to work until age 90 - MarketWatch
    MarketWatchMillennials think they'll earn six figures by age 30, expect to work until age 90MarketWatchPlenty of them don't think they'll hit the jackpot with their pay, while others expect big-time salaries. Millennials also estimate they might not retire until age 80 or 90, though some said they are aiming for age 60, or joked they might mar […]
  • 'Planet of the Apes' Star Buck Kartalian Has Died at Age 93 - Closer Weekly - Closer Weekly
    Closer Weekly'Planet of the Apes' Star Buck Kartalian Has Died at Age 93 - Closer WeeklyCloser Weekly'Planet of the Apes' Star Buck Kartalian Has Died at Age 93. Buck kartalian. R/R. share tweet. Rest in peace, Buck Kartalian. The Planet of the Apes star sadly died on Tuesday, May 24 from natural causes, his son, Jason Kartalian, shared o […]
  • War veteran learns to read at age 90 - Komando
    KomandoWar veteran learns to read at age 90KomandoThis 90-year-old war veteran served in World War II, was in Normandy on D-day and has two purple hearts. But there was another part of his life that he was hiding - illiteracy. -advertisement-. Source: YouTube · Kim's Video Picks · Spider Cat scales ...and more »
  • Antoinette E. Heinricy, age 97 - Moody County Enterprise
    Antoinette E. Heinricy, age 97Moody County EnterpriseAntoinette E. Heinricy, age 97, of Dell Rapids passed away on Tuesday, May 24, 2016 at the Dells Area Health Center. Antoinette E. DePauw was born on January 24, 1919 at Geneseo, IL, the daughter of Adolph and Eleanora (Oberle) DePauw. She moved ...
  • Voice of Scrooge McDuck Alan Young Dies Age 96 - Animation Magazine
    KABC-TVVoice of Scrooge McDuck Alan Young Dies Age 96Animation MagazineActor and comedian Alan Young, best known for starring as Wilbur on the classic 1960s sitcom Mr. Ed and as the voice of Scrooge McDuck in Disney's DuckTales and other television and videogame projects, died of natural causes on Thursday, May 19.Alan Young, Wilbur in 'Mister Ed, […]
  • Fritz Stern, famed historian and former Provost, dies at age 90 - CU Columbia Spectator
    Washington PostFritz Stern, famed historian and former Provost, dies at age 90CU Columbia SpectatorFritz Stern, a University Professor, famed historian, and former Provost at Columbia, died on Wednesday at age 90. Stern received his bachelor's, master's, and doctorate degree from Columbia after he and his family fled Nazi Germany in the 1930s.Fritz […]
  • Chris Noth's Mother, Journalist Jeanne Parr, Has Died at Age 92 - Closer Weekly
    Closer WeeklyChris Noth's Mother, Journalist Jeanne Parr, Has Died at Age 92Closer WeeklyChris Noth's Mother, Journalist Jeanne Parr, Has Died at Age 92. Jeanne parr chris noth. Getty Images. share tweet. Chris Noth is sadly mourning the loss of his mother. Jeanne Parr, a former news correspondent for CBS, died on Monday, May 23, according ...Jeann […]
  • Holocaust survivor dies at age 90 - Toledo Blade
    Holocaust survivor dies at age 90Toledo BladeRosalie Chris Lerman is shown in April during Passover Seder. Lerman, a survivor of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi death camp who was the wife of the founder of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum and a passionate advocate of Holocaust remembrance ...and more »
August 2007
M T W T F S S
« Jul   Sep »
 12345
6789101112
13141516171819
20212223242526
2728293031  

Haeremai Camai Bula Bepuwave Bienvenidos

  • 138,869 visitors

Follow

Get every new post delivered to your Inbox.

%d bloggers like this: