Recently we had a visit from several members of the Waikiwi Lions Club at Invercargill. The group was small but their genorosity was large. A big thankyou from Bush Haven to this group. It was a pleasure to have you here.
The first photo shows Kathy helping weigh one of the latest Kaka chicks. Not the best photo of Kathy, but the best I have at present. These photos were taken at the end of December when the colour bands were put on the chicks for identification. They were also weighed as usual and considering there are five, weights are pretty good compared with other clutches.
It is now several weeks since they all emerged from the nest and the chicks are doing well. Personalities starting to show and occasionally one will land on a helper or visitor. We now have confirmed by dna tests, that there are four females and one male this time. Helpers, friends and sponsors will be naming these chicks in due course.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
So far the five chicks are doing well and their weights are comparable with other seasons, although we were a bit worried about the little one being five days later hatching than the others. However it appears to be doing okay at present. Picture shows the five in bucket after weighing last Thursday. They age from 2 weeks 5 days, to 3 weeks 2 days.
The smallest one is front left. My hand is there to show sizing.
Hannah and Casey have really done it this time with five chicks hatched, between 25 and 30 November. We will have to keep a close watch on the youngest one to ensure it is well fed with so much competition from the bigger chicks, but so far they are all doing well.
Today is a red letter day. Geoff Dembo, Techie Extraordinaire has been in my office on and off all day and installed a new computer in place of my old, outdated one! Only drawback is, I opted to change the keyboard for a standard one as my ergonomic one has a few glitches, and now I have to learn to type more compactly.
Thankyou so much Geoff, hopefully I won’t make too many mistakes.
Geoff has certainly earned his name being included in our sponsors, as we all know computers usually cost heaps!