On Saturday, 14th April we released three kereru. One was also released on 22nd March and the other three would have been released earlier but Russell had some health problems himself and we weren’t able to observe the birds sufficiently at that stage.
The three released this time flew off well into the trees and were obviously happy to be out of the aviary. We left it open overnight but none of them were seen around the next morning, which is a good sign.
These birds, along with others released between April 2011 and now, all have a red ‘jess’ on one leg, which covers a numbered metal band for identification. The red denotes their year of release for our records should any of them come to further harm, or just be seen and if this happens it would be good to have their sighting reported to us.
We didn’t photograph any of the birds this time as they were released within a few minutes of each other, but singly, not in a group.