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Charlie

Charlie was released at the Dudin’s property, central McLeod Bay, in the winter of 2011 as a year old. He wandered northwards from there to the McNamara’s property near Craig Road. The stretch of the main road there has unfortunately proved to be a hot spot for night time traffic kills of kiwi – that is why we put the Backyard Kiwi crossing signs there.

Charlie seems to have better traffic sense then some of the other kiwi and has survived and settled here. He found a mate and started breeding at the end of 2013 and after a few failed attempts at nesting has successful hatched chicks each year since. Catherine and James McNamara are keen Backyard Kiwi supporters with Catherine an expert predator trapper.

Charlie’s Tracked History — by Todd Hamilton

September 2016

At Craig road. You may remember how I was very lucky to catch Mrs C back in February – she was a wild hatched mate of Charlies – well my luck ran out with monitoring her this month. Her territory is in the rushes and pampas at McNamaras’ and she spends a lot of time knee deep in water in the wetland there. Her transmitter band has been due for a change but she has eluded me (even with helping hands from Adam and Frank) and when Frank and I checked on her last week her transmitter band had broken (possibly weakened from spending time in the wet conditions) so all we found was her dropped transmitter.  I have started using a new type of transmitter band attachment designed by Doc’s Rogan Colbourne that will hopefully minimise this problem in the future.

August 2016

Mrs Charlie – At Craig road. High activity. 12 hours per night.

July 2016

Mrs Charlie – At Craig road. High activity. 12 hours per night.

June 2016

Mrs Charlie – at Craig road. High activity. 12.5 hours per night.

May 2016

Mrs Charlie – at Craig road. High activity. 12.5 hours per night.

May 2016

Mrs Charlie – at Craig road. High activity. 13 hours per night.

April 2016

Mrs Charlie- at Craig road. High activity. 11.5 hours per night.

March 2016

‘Mrs Charlie’ is at Craig road. High activity.

February 2016

At Craig road, after his successful nest earlier in the season he has had two more nesting attempts that have failed.

This is a bit of a crazy story but Charlie dropped his transmitter the night before I went to check him but when I went to check the transmitter’s location he and his mate must have been cuddled up on it because I was lucky enough to catch his mate there. Wary old Charlie had snuck off even though I stalked in as carefully as I could.  James and Catherine McNamara have always called Charlie’s mate Mrs Charlie when they hear her calling by the house so that is what we have named her –she is a wild hatched female of 2550g and 141.6mm bill who would not be there if it wasn’t for Catherine’s determined trapping efforts over the past 7 or 8 years. Mrs C is now sporting a new radio transmitter and I inserted an ID chip under skin.

w-Mrs Charlie‘Mrs Charlie’

w-Charli and James McNaramaraCharlie with James McNamara

January 2016

At Craig road, after his successful nest earlier in the season he has had two more nesting attempts that have failed.


December 2015

At Craig road, as suspected from his high activity his second nesting attempt failed as quickly as it started but he is a persistent dad and is now onto another nest!


November 2015

At Craig road, has renested already but his activity is quite high so the nest may not last.


October 2015

Nested in the pampas beside the main road near our “Kiwi Crossing” signs– he successfully hatched two chicks and had his nest decorated with a car lighting unit from a nearby car crash! See photo. Thankfully he has moved back to his usual stomping ground well away from the road.

15.10-Charlies nest -rear light

Interior decoration

15.10-Charlies 2nd spring chickCharlies 2nd spring chick


September 2015

Still nesting in the pampas beside the main road – jeepers there is plenty traffic going past his nest but he is still hanging tight. I even had to show the Fulton Hogan grader driver where the nest was so he didn’t bowl it during the recent water table upgrade on the road. Hatch is due mid October.


August 2015

Has started nesting in the pampas right beside the main road in our high road kill spot!  If he can dodge the traffic he is due to hatch his eggs around mid-October.


July 2015

Has moved a few 100m south of his usual area and has been hanging out on the roadside near the Craig road intersection area – our high road kill area!! His activity is dropping.


June 2015

Usual area at Craig Road.  Very active at 13.5 hours per night – he is getting up at 4.30pm!– so he must be feeding up large.


May 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. 11 hours activity.


April 2015

Usual area at Craig Road. A very active 12.5 hours per night – feeding up for the breeding season.


March 2015

Usual area at Craig Road. After nesting 87 days his data stream showed a chick had hatched but I couldn’t safely get to the nest in deep gorse and pampas so waited until he finished nesting to do his transmitter change. Landowner James McNamara was home after winning the national cheese awards – (Grinning Gecko Cheeses have been great supporters of Backyard Kiwi) and was very happy to see Charlie right in his backyard.


February 2015

Usual area at Craig Road- nesting over 80 days with no signal for hatch- the transmitter may have missed it the change in activity. His activity has been up on a couple of nights but his nest is in pampas and rushes and is too dodgy to check until I’m sure he has finished nesting.


January 2015

Craig Road at McNamaras’. Still on his nest. Hatch due in March.


November 2014

Craig Road at McNamaras’. Activity 9 hours, proving elusive in scrub and pampas.


October 2014

Craig Road at McNamaras’. This guy is well overdue his 6 monthly check but has a habit of roosting (curling up for his daytime sleep) in places I can’t get to.


August September 2014

Craig Road at McNamaras’. Has finished nesting with what looks like two chicks from his transmitter’s data stream – first hatch on 19 Sept after 71 days nesting. I couldn’t get close to the nest in gorse and pampas without risking squashing the chicks so have left them be.


July 2014

Usual area at Craig Road. 1st nest lasted approx 13
days. He is now re-nesting – 14 days on 22/7/14 and activity is better this
time at 5hrs (11 hours last nest).


June 2014

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – Nesting 11 days on 27/6/14 but activity is still 11 hours!.


May 2014

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – high activity of 12hours. Bill – Has moved to the south end of the Kauri Mt coast and settled in a large area of pampas at Zac’s. His transmitter dropped off as the taped band that holds it on his leg got worn out in the pampas.


April 2014

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – high activity.


February 2014

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – high activity after summer nesting.


January 2014

After his 1st egg hatched on 14/12/13 he finally hatched his second chick 24 days later – he was named “Bob” by McNamnara’s. By then the 1st chick had moved out of the nest but I did get to do Charlie’s annual transmitter change at the same time.


December 2013

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – On nest – he hatched his first ever chick 14/12/13. He is still on the 2nd egg and I have been waiting for his activity to increase before going into the nest.


November 2013

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – due to hatch his first ever chick any day now.


October 2013

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – His first nesting attempt failed (which often happens with a kiwi’s first nest – remember that this is just his first breeding season of hopefully 50 or more!). The good news is that he is back re-nesting already.


September 2013

At McNamnara’s, Craig Road – finally nested for the first time.


August 2013

At McNamnaras’ at Craig Road – nightly activity is still high – 11 hours.


July 2013

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – nightly activity is still high – 12 hours. He is now coming up to 4 years old so hope he starts breeding soon.


June 2013

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – Did his 6 monthly check – good condition 2140g.


May 2013

At McNamara’s at Craig Road – due his 6 monthly check but being a bit sneaky in the scrub there.


April 2013

At McNamnara’s at Craig Road – due his 6 monthly check but being a bit sneaky in the scrub there.


March 2013

Still showing high activity (11.5 hours) at Craig Road – doesn’t look like he will nest this year.


February 2013

Still showing high activity at Craig Road – doesn’t look like he will nest this year.


January 2013

Still showing high activity at Craig Road.


December 2012

This young fella is showing no signs of finding a mate and is quite happy in the scrub north of Craig road.


November 2012

This young fella –he is 3 years old this month- is still enjoying the single life.

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