Spotted! Rare bird not seen since 1882 captured by remote control camera

Search for lost birds
(Image credit: Doka Nason/American Bird Conservancy)

A bird that hasn’t been spotted for more than 140 years has been photographed using a remote control camera on Fergusson Island – the largest island of the D’entreCastaux archipelago off the east coast of Papua New Guinea. 

Very little is known about the black-naped pheasant pigeon which is known locally as Auwo. It was last photographed in 1882 and despite an expedition in 2019 to rediscover it, efforts were unsuccessful. Search for Lost Birds is a worldwide project to photograph birds that haven't been seen in at least a decade, so sighting the black-naped pheasant pigeon is incredibly exciting for bird lovers, locals and conservationists.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.