As earlier reported, three more Kaka chicks hatched around 14 January and we fed the parents up large and checked the chicks regularly. The first photo was taken around three and a half weeks, with colours starting to show.
We weighed the birds at around four weeks and again at and again at around 10 weeks and they were all well over the 500 gram mark, which is very good; judging on their weights we think we have two males and one female so they have been banded with plastic colour bands, and named Davy, Ollie and Kathy respectively. Orokonui staff have stated they don’t mind if we named the chicks, so we thought we would do so after our helpers, although Ollie is more of a nickname.
From 13th March, chicks began to come out of the nest singly, going back in at night for a few days, until on 18th March all three chicks were finally seen out of the nest, but keeping very close to another nest site. This photo shows the three together, one in the back and two in the foreground.
After a few days keeping close to their nest, the chicks started flying around the aviary and now it is very difficult to get them sitting close enough for a photo. However this one shows Casey [Dad] on top of a cage protecting a growing tree, inside the aviary where the three chicks were gathered.
I have managed to get all three chicks together but owing to the light available, not the best photo – still it is all three chicks together, and I am an amateur photographer!
We have decided to keep them here over the winter but they will be going to Orokonui later in the year, along with the three birds raised at Te Anau this season. A great boost for South Island Kaka!