Our South Island Kaka pair successfully hatched their four eggs between 24 and 26 September, and so far they are all doing well. We try and give the parents a good selection of food each day, both in the morning and late afternoon, so they have always got plenty of choices available.
The male bird is not allowed in the nest, but regularly feeds the hen, which also takes food for herself. When we check the nest through the removable door, the hen sometimes has a look at the chicks from that angle but is not very worried about us looking at the chicks, or even handling them which we did recently when putting on some colour bands. The photo shows the hen, Hannah actually feeding one chick while they were out.
Shortly we will take some feather samples for dna and will then be sure what sexes of birds we have. The males will again go to Orokonui Ecosanctuary near Dunedin and females to Abel Tasman Park with Project Janszoon, near Nelson.
The previous birds are all doing well in their respective areas, the males out flying free but the female still in an aviary at present, awaiting a transmitter.