Known to many as Johnny, Kendrick was with the NZ Wildlife Service for 20 years, signing on in 1964 as a visual aids officer - a broad brief that meant he filmed and recorded the sounds of wildlife from bush depths to mountain heights.
It enabled him to pioneer natural sound recording in New Zealand and, with colleagues like black robin saviour Don Merton - a mere trainee when Kendrick first met him - to use recorded bird songs to capture and transfer endangered birds to predator-free islands.
The kakapo gave him the biggest physical challenge. With 40kg of gear he tramped for five hours into the Tutuko Valley near Milford Sound to get the first recording of the bird.
Friday, May 13, 2005
KAKAPO PARROTS - Birdman's work a tuneful legacy
The New Zealand Herald tells the story of John Kendrick, a natural sound recordist, whose recordings have been used on radio and television for decades.