Mahinepua Radar Hill Landcare Group kiwi update.
Both Fred and Graham are now wearing their new transmitters which will last 12 months.
Fred was found near his usual spot and Tohu pointed to another bird across the creek 20 metres away which I assume was his mate Jade. Fred was in excellent health weighing in at 2.2kg, very close to his weight this time last year. He is not yet nesting and is out feeding for 10.5 hours each night at present. Nesting season is well underway so it should not be long before he sits.
Graham was found not far from his nesting site last year. He was also in excellent condition weighing 2.06kg, also close to his weight this time last year.
His bill is 101mm, up from 96mm last year, suggesting he is a younger bird and still growing.
He successfully hatched a chick in his second clutch last season (Doug got some great footage), but unfortunately had an unsuccessful first nest due to poor weather.
Fred also had an unsuccessful first clutch last season. This was common last year as the very wet conditions increased the chances of eggs going rotten.
Graham was found with his mate in a fallen epiphyte and his transmitter indicates he is nesting.
The autumn has been a good one for invertebrates and the birds are good weights and body condition. Here’s hoping the nesting season is successful.