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Kōkako surveys

Amanda RogersComment
Flieder at home in Parininihi. Flieder is one of the founding birds released in 2017, ending a 30 year absence of kōkako from the Taranaki region. He was translocated from Tiritiri Matangi, chosen because he has Taranaki ancestry. Fortunately, that lineage has survived from the days when the last remaining male kōkako were captured and taken into the care of Pukaha Mt. Bruce; their offspring moved to other predator free environments. Finally the time came to reintroduce the species to Taranaki following years of concerted predator control efforts, in the hope that they will become a self-sustaining population once again. Unfortunately, Flieder has paired with his sister Narangi and their attempts to produce fertile eggs thus far have been rather unsuccessful. Still, with a multitude of unrelated Pureora birds released earlier this year, and other Tiritiri pairings fledging chicks, we hope he’ll figure out one day that he has other options.

Flieder at home in Parininihi. Flieder is one of the founding birds released in 2017, ending a 30 year absence of kōkako from the Taranaki region. He was translocated from Tiritiri Matangi, chosen because he has Taranaki ancestry. Fortunately, that lineage has survived from the days when the last remaining male kōkako were captured and taken into the care of Pukaha Mt. Bruce; their offspring moved to other predator free environments. Finally the time came to reintroduce the species to Taranaki following years of concerted predator control efforts, in the hope that they will become a self-sustaining population once again. Unfortunately, Flieder has paired with his sister Narangi and their attempts to produce fertile eggs thus far have been rather unsuccessful. Still, with a multitude of unrelated Pureora birds released earlier this year, and other Tiritiri pairings fledging chicks, we hope he’ll figure out one day that he has other options.

The scene from the deck at Chateau Kōkako, Hunua. Hunua is home to a relict population that was reduced to just one female kōkako (and more than twenty males) by 1994, after decades of rampant mammalian depredation with no human intervention. Thanks to annual multi-species pest control and the introduction of kōkako from Mapara, Mangatutu, Waipapa and Tiritiri Matangi to add some much-needed genetic diversity to the mix, there are now at least 106 kōkako pairs within managed areas - and 90% of these birds were fledged in Hunua.

The scene from the deck at Chateau Kōkako, Hunua. Hunua is home to a relict population that was reduced to just one female kōkako (and more than twenty males) by 1994, after decades of rampant mammalian depredation with no human intervention. Thanks to annual multi-species pest control and the introduction of kōkako from Mapara, Mangatutu, Waipapa and Tiritiri Matangi to add some much-needed genetic diversity to the mix, there are now at least 106 kōkako pairs within managed areas - and 90% of these birds were fledged in Hunua.

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Northern Territory, Australia

Amanda RogersComment
Larapinta Trail, Sections Four, Five and Six: Crossing the Chewings and Heavitree Ranges

Larapinta Trail, Sections Four, Five and Six: Crossing the Chewings and Heavitree Ranges

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Lillies, Hugh Gorge. The first pond for 31 kms, 36 hours.

Lillies, Hugh Gorge. The first pond for 31 kms, 36 hours.

Brinkley Bluff

Brinkley Bluff

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On to Kakadu: Maguk waterhole. Full of fish and croc-free!

On to Kakadu: Maguk waterhole. Full of fish and croc-free!

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Plumed Whistling-ducks, Yellow Water

Plumed Whistling-ducks, Yellow Water

Yellow Water!

Yellow Water!

Gunlom

Gunlom

Katherine Gorge

Katherine Gorge

No shortage of portage during the Dry - it probably took more time than the paddling. Luckily the whole thing is so spectacular, none more so than the fifth and sixth gorges.

No shortage of portage during the Dry - it probably took more time than the paddling. Luckily the whole thing is so spectacular, none more so than the fifth and sixth gorges.

Fifth gorge.

Fifth gorge.

Great Bowerbird (technical term), Litchfield National Park. A true David Attenborough moment watching him tenderly thatch this bower and fastidiously decorate it with green and white objects to impress the ladies. At the campsite, that meant mozzie coils and discarded tinfoil, as well as the regular old shells and melaleuca.

Great Bowerbird (technical term), Litchfield National Park. A true David Attenborough moment watching him tenderly thatch this bower and fastidiously decorate it with green and white objects to impress the ladies. At the campsite, that meant mozzie coils and discarded tinfoil, as well as the regular old shells and melaleuca.

Kokako Catching, Tiritiri Matangi

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Aviary Dave

Aviary Dave

The final kōkako of our quota. Before capture, and...

The final kōkako of our quota. Before capture, and...

Mission complete

Mission complete

Dave and Morag weighing Hastie

Dave and Morag weighing Hastie

Fabulous resident Hotu having a slipped band replaced by Morag and John

Fabulous resident Hotu having a slipped band replaced by Morag and John