26 Jun 2009

Bird call man honoured with conservation award

5:07 pm on 26 June 2009

Forest and Bird is bestowing its highest honour on the man behind Radio New Zealand's famous bird calls.

Wildlife film-maker and sound recordist John Kendrick has been honored with an Old Blue Award, which commemorate the famous black robin who saved her species from extinction and are awarded to those who make an outstanding contribution to conservation.

John Kendrick first suggested Radio New Zealand broadcast bird calls 40 years ago and says the motivation for his work has been conservation.

He says a highlight of his sound work was capturing the first recordings of the endangered native parrot, the kakapo.