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A series exploring the unique diversity of New Zealand's natural history.
This documentary is about the largest sea bird in the world - the northern royal albatross at its Tairoa Head colony on the Otago peninsular. It focuses on one particular albatross, “Grandma”, who at 60 years is the oldest banded bird in the world and remarkably still breeding. “Grandma” and her mate have a 17 year old trusting relationship with the colony’s senior warden, Shirley Webb . They allow her to stroke them and remove their egg and chick for weighing. Eight months after emerging from his egg, grandma’s offspring takes flight on a five year journey circling the Great Southern Ocean before hopefully returning to Tairoa Head.

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Year 1990

Reference number F25392

Collection Film and Video Collection

Media type Moving Image


Place of Production NEW ZEALAND/AOTEAROA

Duration 0:45:10

Production company television new zealand

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Credits Producer: Beverly Brown
Director: Beverly Brown
Executive Producer: Richard Thomas
Script: Martin Banks
Script: Beverly Brown
Photography: Roger Everest
Additional Photography: Robert Brown
Additional Photography: Chris Thomas
Additional Photography: Ross Wilson
Additional Photography: Hugh Maynard
Editor: Mark Robinson
Sound Recording: Greg Gordon
Field Notes: Greg Gordon
Research: John Dowding
Consultant: Christopher Robertson
Post Production Sound: Alan Gerrie
Technical Production: Gerry Brown
Technical Production: Trevor Deaker
Graphics: Annette Hislop
Graphics: David McNee
Production Assistant: Annette McFadyen
Production Assistant: Lisa Garvin
Music: Steve Robinson
Narrator: David Attenborough

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