Dec 292016
 

We have been so lucky this past year with volunteer helpers, several secondary schoolboys on Saturdays and Sundays, plus two wonderful ladies who come Wednesday and Thursdays..sometimes both when helping weigh Kaka chicks.  As well as that, they do feeding out and aviary cleaning, seed winnowing and moving logs in and out of the Kaka aviaries, to name just a few of the jobs they help with.  Photos show two of them.

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Holly, our latest weekday helper

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Ink, our Taiwanese Sunday helper, now away

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Daniel, Caleb and Brayden

Our thanks to all of you, we have really enjoyed having you here for your own sakes, as well as the work you do. Sadly we will not have Ink here again on Sundays, but hopefully the rest of you will still consider helping at Bush Haven an important part of your lives in the future. We wish Ink all the best for his future studies in Tasmania.

Dec 292016
 

The five chicks emerged from their nest log over the past few days and are spending time climbing, or just sitting beside the nest, or even going back into the nest sometimes.  We weighed them this morning and weights are a little down on previous clutches, but the parents have after all, reared five this time.  I hope Hannah and Casey take a rest now but they will do what they want.  The photo is of the five chicks a week ago, last time we managed to get them all together. While we do have colour bands on them, we are waiting for dna tests to be completed at Massey to be sure what sexes we have this year.

Five chicks on 15 December, 7-8 weeks

Five chicks on 22 December, 7-8 weeks

Dec 292016
 

Our thanks to ILT Foundation for a further grant this year.  We are most appreciative of your faith in us and will ensure we continue to care for the birds in our usual way.  We have been quite busy the last few months and more Kereru are benefiting from this funding.

Dec 292016
 

We now have tee shirts for sale, only a few sizes at present..medium and large child’s which should fit about a size 14 and 12, also sizes small and medium adult which are about the same width but longer..these should fit a taller size 12 or 14, or small and medium adult. Child shirts are $20 and Adult shirts are $25 each.  See pattern in the following photo, which is three of our schoolboy volunteers, who were very proud to show off their new shirts.

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Daniel, Caleb and Brayden, three volunteers in their Bush Haven tee shirts

Dec 012016
 

Just a short update, the chicks are doing really well at 5-6 weeks, all putting on weight.  The photo shows them in a tub after weighing this morning.

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Five chicks at 5-6 weeks, youngest in the back