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The Black Robin - A Chatham Island Story Television (Full Length) – 1989 Nature Documentary

The Black Robin - A Chatham Island Story

Television (Full Length) – 1989 Nature Documentary

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If the rarest bird in the world can be rescued, then — given human determination and effort — no species need become extinct.
– Don Merton
I remember the nerves that came over them once they realised that they had that real black robin in their hands. Those guys changed, knowing what they were entrusted with and what was ahead of them. I recall Dick Veitch. Once they had that box with the bird in it, and secured it on his pack, he was just a different person. It was the awesome responsibility of getting that precious bird down that cliff and across.
– Cameraman Paul Donovan in the transfer of the birds to another island, in 1998 book Wild South: Saving New Zealand’s Endangered Birds, by Rod Morris and Hal Smith