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Posted 06 February 2018 - 12:13 PM

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Quite a sad tale of Nigel!

 

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Nigel, a handsome gannet bird who lived on a desolate island off the coast of New Zealand, died suddenly this week. Wherever his soul has landed, the singles scene surely cannot be worse.

The bird was lured to Mana Island five years ago by wildlife officials who, in hopes of establishing a gannet colony there, had placed concrete gannet decoys on cliffsides and broadcast the sound of the species’ calls. Nigel accepted the invitation, arriving in 2013 as the island’s first gannet in 40 years. But none of his brethren joined him.

In the absence of a living love interest, Nigel became enamored with one of the 80 faux birds. He built her — it? — a nest. He groomed her “chilly, concrete feathers . . . year after year after year,” the Guardian reported. He died next to her in that unrequited love nest, the vibrant orange-yellow plumage of his head contrasting, as ever, with the weathered, lemony paint of hers.

“Whether or not he was lonely, he certainly never got anything back, and that must have been [a] very strange experience,” conservation ranger Chris Bell, who also lives on the island, told the paper. “I think we all have a lot of empathy for him, because he had this fairly hopeless situation.”

As he persisted in this futile courtship, Nigel accrued something of a fan base. Mana is a scientific reserve that, like other New Zealand islands, has been the focus of replanting and rodent eradication efforts. Friends of Mana Island, one of the groups that has planted trees and shrubs, said on Facebook that Nigel “won the hearts” of members and volunteers who “spent many hours over the years maintaining the concrete colony.”

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A photo of Nigel’s favorite spot on Mana Island, taken a few days after his death. The birds pictured are concrete gannet decoys. (New Zealand Department of Conservation)

Another gannet spent some time on Mana last year. Unfortunately, it was a he, dubbed Norman.

Perhaps the saddest twist to this tale is that three other gannets settled on Mana last month, after conservation officials tweaked the sound system used to attract them, according to the New Zealand website Stuff. This raised the possibility of breeding. But Nigel paid them no attention.

“This just feels like the wrong ending to the story,” Bell told Stuff. “He died right at the beginning of something great.”

But Nigel — whose nickname was “no mates” — will forever be remembered as the pioneer of the colony and credited with signaling to the new trio that Mana was suitable habitat, Bell said.

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A volunteer paints a gannet decoy on Mana , a small island off the southwest coast of New Zealand’s north island. (New Zealand Department of Conservation)
 
 

On Thursday, Friends of Mana Island posted an original poem dedicated to the lonely castaway:

To Nigel 
You stayed awhile on Mana Island, 
Attracted by your concrete mates
You built a nest, you did your best
But only Norman dropped on by.

We weeded, we painted, we sprayed guano around. 
We hoped you’d find the real thing. 
Three newbies arrived, a Christmas surprise, 
But suddenly you are gone.

RIP ‘no mates’ Nigel

 


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:31 PM

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Any bird will die if bang stones for 5 years .... :secret-laugh:


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:32 PM

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Any bird will die if bang stones for 5 years .... :secret-laugh:

Poor stones
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Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:34 PM

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Poor stones

 

Shouldn't they use a rubberised one ... [sly]


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Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:36 PM

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Posted 06 February 2018 - 02:54 PM

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Quite a sad tale of Nigel!

 

https://www.washingt...m=.fc93c6ac5a48

 

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Nigel, a handsome gannet bird who lived on a desolate island off the coast of New Zealand, died suddenly this week. Wherever his soul has landed, the singles scene surely cannot be worse.

 

The bird was lured to Mana Island five years ago by wildlife officials who, in hopes of establishing a gannet colony there, had placed concrete gannet decoys on cliffsides and broadcast the sound of the species’ calls. Nigel accepted the invitation, arriving in 2013 as the island’s first gannet in 40 years. But none of his brethren joined him.

 

In the absence of a living love interest, Nigel became enamored with one of the 80 faux birds. He built her — it? — a nest. He groomed her “chilly, concrete feathers . . . year after year after year,” the Guardian reported. He died next to her in that unrequited love nest, the vibrant orange-yellow plumage of his head contrasting, as ever, with the weathered, lemony paint of hers.

 

“Whether or not he was lonely, he certainly never got anything back, and that must have been [a] very strange experience,” conservation ranger Chris Bell, who also lives on the island, told the paper. “I think we all have a lot of empathy for him, because he had this fairly hopeless situation.

 

Perhaps the saddest twist to this tale is that three other gannets settled on Mana last month, after conservation officials tweaked the sound system used to attract them, according to the New Zealand website Stuff. This raised the possibility of breeding. But Nigel paid them no attention.

 

“This just feels like the wrong ending to the story,” Bell told Stuff. “He died right at the beginning of something great.”

 

But Nigel — whose nickname was “no mates” — will forever be remembered as the pioneer of the colony and credited with signaling to the new trio that Mana was suitable habitat, Bell said.

 

 

While the initiatives by the wildlife officials were good, it bring only misery to the poor bird. Imagine you are left alone on an island, with NO human around but life-size statues... ... [:|]

 

Can any international animal welfare group charge these officials for animal cruelty (I am not kidding actually :a-anyone: ), given that they:

- fail to do their part to attract more gannets to the island;

- did not attempt to "send" the lonely bird off the island after their attempts to establish a gannet colony failed.

 

[angel] RIP Nigel [angel]


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 11:53 AM

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RIP Nigel.

 

Sad story for the unloved, quite apt for the coming Valentine's Day.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 12:09 PM

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RIP Nigel.

Sad story for the unloved, quite apt for the coming Valentine's Day.


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 12:16 PM

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You available on dat day!🤗

 

available but not for you. hahaha.  [flowerface]


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 12:26 PM

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available but not for you. hahaha.  [flowerface]

 

goddess, this obviously is a hint to that special someone.....

 

wonder who?

 

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 12:30 PM

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available but not for you. hahaha. [flowerface]


Ehh....please don't get me wrong hor.

I'm asking on behalf of all the fellow MCF "batang" members hor...

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 12:38 PM

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goddess, this obviously is a hint to that special someone.....

 

wonder who?

 

:a-fun:  :XD:

 

sifu, is it you?


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:06 PM

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Ehh....please don't get me wrong hor.

I'm asking on behalf of all the fellow MCF "batang" members hor...

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:10 PM

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brother......brother.....dont include me hor...i oredy married! BabyBlade........how? On?....😂😂😂😂


Walau eh, later BB on kow you and also reserved a table beside for your wife Dan you know....

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:15 PM

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sifu, is it you?

[hur]

 

since when goddess and mortals mix?

 

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Posted 07 February 2018 - 01:20 PM

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Walau eh, later BB on kow you and also reserved a table beside for your wife Dan you know....

my wife wont mind one lar....i still have 3 vacancies mar....😂😂😂
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Posted 07 February 2018 - 02:26 PM

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available but not for you. hahaha.  [flowerface]

 

hmmmmmmmmmmmm


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Posted 07 February 2018 - 03:07 PM

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 so sad.. like the movie cast away..  :TT_TT:


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Poor stones

I got a feeling this was what happened...

 

Norman: Eh hello, what's your name? This place looks deserted. How long you been here?

 

Nigel: The humans call me Nigel, they provide me female companions. I am the pack leader. I am here for many years.

 

Norman: Let me see... eh, they don't move.. eh siah.. these are rocks..

 

Nigel: Cannot be, this is my wife. This is our nest. I court her for many years.. she is just playing hard to get...

 

Norman: Brudder, you been banging rocks? HAHAHA... you not malu? I gotta go tell all my mates! They'll have to come see this! Adieus!

 

Nigel: I wish I was dead...


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RIP Nigel.

Sad story for the unloved, quite apt for the coming Valentine's Day.

Ya ... please love me more 😁

hmmmmmmmmmmmm

No need hmmmm .... not you 😂
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