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Dallas

Dallas was released at the Jagger’s farm in July 2009 as a 9 month old. After wandering over Mt Manaia he settled in the area of the Whangarei Heads School in Taurikura Bay. He first started breeding as a 3 year old in 2011 in scrub next to the school. Since then he and his mate have successfully hatched 7 chicks. The remarkable thing is that he often nests in pampas right beside the main road!

He is good at dodging night time traffic and has been regularly seen walking down the footpath! This also shows how good people are at control their dogs in this area – a wandering dog would quickly kill him. We mainly radio transmit male kiwi – as they are the ones that sit on the nest, we often don’t know who the female mate is. However in September 2014 Dallas was found with his mate – she was a kiwi that we released in 2009 called “Kahurangi.”

Dallas’s Tracked History — by Todd Hamilton

January 2017

Dallas is often seen on the main road at night, a trail camera by a rotten log there shows that he is still about and doing fine.

December 2016

No more shots of Dallas from the Hill’s “bucket cam” -will keep checking.

November 2016

No more shots of Dallas from the Hill’s “bucket cam” -will keep checking.


October 2016

No more shots of Dallas from the Hill’s “bucket cam” but I keep checking.


May 2016

Here is Dallas at the entrance to his burrow

He has dropped off the radar- no radio signal from his transmitter. I have spent plenty of time listening for his signal in his usual areas and wider so it looks like his transmitter has failed. The Hills are still hearing him call at night from his usual spot on their place, next to the school, so it looks like he is alright.

May 2016

In pampas by Whangarei Heads School. Activity dropped to 9 hours and in the last week I have lost his signal- hope that he has found somewhere tucked away to nest.

April 2016

In pampas by Whangarei Heads School. High activity of 11.5 hours.

March 2016

In pampas by roadside below the Hills and the school.  Did his 6 monthly band change and health check with Pio and his crew. They were amazed to see a wild kiwi within 10m of the main road – the traffic noise interfered with their filming! Dallas was a healthy 2250g and looking good in his starring role.

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February 2016

Has finished his second nest – making 4 chicks for the season. He is now in the pampas by the main road feeding up with high activity.

January 2016

His data stream showed the hatch of 2 chicks from his second nest. A trail camera set up outside the nest confirmed this and also got some good shots of mum Kahurangi visiting the nest entrance most nights.The nest was in a log near the sewage pumping station by the main road. I couldn’t reach the chicks in the deep nest to ID chip them.


December 2015

Has hatched the first chick of his second nest. The nest is in a log near the sewage pumping station by the main road. I will wait to see if his data shows a second hatch but may not be able to get to the chicks to ID chip them because of the log. A trail camera at the nest entrance has given some good close ups of Dallas and the odd visit by his mate Kahurangi but no chicks have ventured out yet.


November 2015

Renesting above the road at the northern end of Taurikura Bay.  The Whangarei Heads School have named one of the chicks ffom his first nest “McCaw” – a great name for a kiwi.


October 2015

Has already re-nested at the Hills’ after successfully hatching two chicks last month- a sucker for punishment. The Whangarei Heads School are going to name one of these chicks that is right beside their playground.


September 2015

Has finished his nest at the Hill’s place by the Heads School. He successfully hatched 2 chicks – the older one was named “Toanga” by the Hills and I will check with Whangarei Heads School for a name for the second. Dallas was 2010g and I took the opportunity to change his transmitter.


August 2015

Nesting at the Hill’s place south of the Heads School. His data stream showed that he hatched a chick after 74 days of nesting and a chick has be filmed by the trail camera outside the nest on several occasions. His activity is still on 3 hours a night showing that he is on a second egg, when this hatches I will check the nest and hopefully catch up with the chicks for DNA sampling and ID chip insertion.

Here is a clip of Dallas keeping his nest well camouflaged and warm prior to the 1st hatch

 

 


July 2015

Usual area at the Hill’s place south of the Heads School. Nesting with 3.5 hours activity.  Hatch is due late August.


June 2015

Usual area at the Hill’s place south of the Heads School. He has started nesting – 15 days on 30/6/15, with 4 hours activity.  He seems to be back from the road for once.


May 2015

Usual area by the school – His activity has been up and down a bit and averaging only 7 hours so he may be starting to nest.


April 2015

Usual area by the school – His activity has dropped to 6 hours so he may be starting to nest already.


March 2015

Usual area by the school – 10.5 hours activity.


February 2015

Usual area by the school – 8 hours activity.


January 2015

As reported last month Dallas successfully hatched a chick in a pampas bush next to the main road. Heather put the story of Dallas and his chick “Aroha” on facebook and it got picked up by the Leader newspaper.

Dallas’s roadside nest

In January 2015 Todd had been monitoring Dallas’s activity from the data signal from his radio transmitter. The signal showed that dad was about to leave the nest, so Todd snuck in to look for any chicks.

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Dallas had successfully hatched a female chick, Aroha who was micro chipped at 7 days weighing 294 grams with bill length of 48.1mm. Dallas at 1900 grams was a bit down on condition but after 91 days on the nest this is to be expected otherwise he’s looking good and had a new transmitter fitted.

The real story with this kiwi dad and chick is their proximity to the road. Dallas’s nest is just metres from Whangarei Heads Road and there has been heaps of holiday traffic on it. It just goes to show there are kiwi everywhere at Whangarei Heads!

November 2014

2nd nest in a pampas bush that is within 5m of the main road McGregor’s Bay/Taurikura. Activity 2.5 hours activity and hatch is due around xmas.


October 2014

Has renested very close to the main road – McDonald road intersection again. His mate Kahurangi certainly likes to lay eggs near to the human action! Please be extra careful when walking your dog on the roadside.


August September 2014

This guy stopped nesting after 67 days and as he had nested in a long hollow log – in rank kikuya within 5m of the main road at Taurikura. I couldn’t see if he had any chicks. But Jack and I were lucky enough to catch up with him and his mate shortly afterwards. He was a healthy 2200g and cuddled up with “Kahurangi” – a Limestone Island bred female that we released back in 2009! She was a healthy 2800g and hopefully getting ready to produce some more eggs.


July 2014

Usual area McGregors Bay- as suspected his 1st nest
near the sewage pumping station had failed before his transmitter triggered
into incubation mode – I found dud egg there. He is now re-nesting across
the road, which at least is away from the footpath. 45 days on 29/7/14,
3hrs activity.


June 2014

Nesting near the sewage pumping station by McDonald Road. 4 days on 18/6/14, 7.5 hrs activity.


May 2014

His activity has dropped slightly and he has taken up residence in a pampas bush near the sewage pumping station beside the road in Taurikura that he has used as a nest in the past – he may be our first dad to nest for the new season.


April 2014

At Hills’ by the Whangarei Heads School. His activity is high as he feeds up for breeding.


February 2014

At Hills’ by the Whangarei Heads School. His activity is high as he feeds hard after nesting.


January 2014

He hatched 2 chicks – 11/1/14 and around 19/1/14 – I inserted their ID micro chips and took feather samples for DNA records from the chicks. The two have been named “Iwi” and “McGregory” by landowners and school. Dallas also had his annual transmitter change done.


December 2013

Is still nesting in weeds beside road in Taurikura – close to Baptist camp.


November 2013

Has started nesting again – once again close to the road at the intersection of McDonald and Whangarei Heads road at Taurikura.


October 2013

At Hills’ by WH school. His activity has dropped slightly so he may be re-nesting.


September 2013

At Hills’ by the Heads school. A kiwi was reportedly seen during the day (3pm) in Dallas’s area in the storm of 24/9/13 and it ran under a car before running up the bank. I checked Dallas’s signal – and yes he was active during that afternoon!!!! – otherwise his activity has been ok since then


August 2013

At Hills’ by WH school, Nest failed after 36 days.


July 2013

Back at Hills’ by WH school, nesting – 65 days on 11 September approx.


June 2013

Still in the pines by the School- 11 hours activity. Kane and I caught up with him for his 6 monthly band change. He was in excellent condition and was a whopping 2550g.


May 2013

Still in the pines by the School- 11.5 hours activity.


April 2013

Still in the pines by the School- 11 hours activity.


March 2013

Has moved up to the pines by the School – 11 hours activity.


February 2013

Had a failed nesting attempt by the road at Taurikura.


January 2013

His activity has dropped a couple of times lately so he may be starting another nest despite the dry conditions.


December 2012

Still feeding up between nests near the main road below the Heads School


November 2012

Still feeding up between nests near the main road below the Heads


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