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Awhi

Awhi is the daughter of the kiwi “Sir Ed” who we moved to Limestone Island way back in 2005. Her grandfather is “Johnny” from the McGraths’ farm out at Purua (Johnny was an excellent breeder but was killed by a wandering dog so it is good to have his genetics continued through Sir Ed, Awhi and others)

Awhi hatched in 2015 and was left on Limestone Island until we caught up with her again as a nearly fully grown kiwi in 2019, when we transferred her to Parua Bay for a community kiwi release. She was 2300g and had a bill length of 133.5mm.

April 2020

Awhi has moved to the very end of Campbell road down near the Pataua estuary just before lockdown. She has stayed there for over a month now to the delight of the landowners there. Her activity is 10.5 hours.

March 2020

After 8 months settled in wetland/pines east of Campbell rd and near to Harikoa she has gone wandering again. She is now at the very end of Campbell road down near the Pataua estuary. Activity is 11.5 hours. I have contacted the landowners down that way.

February 2020

She is still in the wetland on Campbell rd near to Harikoa. Activity is 11 hours.

January 2020

She is still in same wetland on Campbell as Harikoa. Activity is 9 hours. This is the most settled she has been and it will be interesting to see if she stays when we get decent rain.

December 2019

She is still in same wetland on Campbell as Harikoa. I caught up with her for her transmitter band change and she was a healthy 2250g in weight.

 

November 2019

She is still in the wetland on Campbell rd near to Harikoa. Activity is 9 hours.

October 2019

She is still in wetland on Campbell rd near to Harikoa. Activity is 9 hours.

September 2019

This girl is cruising around near Darwin’s territory in Lamb road and also spending time in the bush east of Campbell rd.

August 2019

She went walk about again and took a bit of tracking to the bush east of Campbell rd.

July 2019

She is mainly in the Ross’s pines on Taraunui Road but is moving around a bit (she has already shown that she is capable of heading west to Kohinui Valley – up from the pub and back to the Parua Bay village area so she is keeping me busy).

June 2019

After settling in the Kohinui valley opposite the pub for 2 months she has headed 2.5km eastward back to the spot that she was released at in Feb; Ross’s pine block at Taraunui rd. It took a bit of finding her after he move and involved visiting plenty of locals to “borrow” their hills to try and get a radio signal.  I am always heartened by the welcome I (and more importantly the kiwi) receive when I visit these folk.

May 2019

After heading west to Kohinui valley (inland from the pub) she settled in a raupo wetland there. I did her transmitter change and she was 2300g and 134.4mm. A couple of days later the showers came and she moved up the valley- I haven’t had a signal this week so will have to search wider to see where she has got to.

April 2019

After heading west to Kohinui valley (inland from the pub) last month she has remained settled in the area – maybe she has found herself a boy?

Awhi April 2019

March 2019

After a month of hanging close to the release site she has started to wander, over to Lamb road and then to the pampas at the start of Lamb road. She was seen by locals on the road in the village and had a near miss with a car so the next day I relocated her back to the release area. Since then she has headed West and is now in Kohinui valley – being heard by locals there, much to their delight.

Kiwi release March 2019

Since her release she has had a good wander around the Parua Bay area. She even spent time in the pampas opposite Parua Bay School before heading east 3km to Kohinui Valley (opposite the pub) – much to the delight of the community there. She then went missing for a while until her radio signal turned up back at the release site (Kiwi have a very good natural GPS so are good at coming back to known spots). After a spell there she went wandering again, this time to the East and ended up in the pines at the NE end of Campbell Road – 8km from her spot in Kohinui Valley!

Hopefully she will settle down and find a mate soon!

Awhi and kiwi handler Emma

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