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EB

EB is a male kiwi who was released at Dudin’s farm behind the houses at Mcleod Bay February 2015. He and two other kiwi (Kaha and Manaia) were welcomed to the Heads by a record crowd of 442 people – they made a good impression on folks and there were plenty of smiling people buzzing about seeing a kiwi in their backyard.

EB was named after EB Firth – the founder of a charitable trust that has supported Backyard Kiwi work. He was just over 2 years old on release and big enough to carry a permanent radio transmitter. We were hoping that he would hang around in McLeods Bay, as we don’t have any radio transmittered kiwi there at the moment, but he decided to wander northward and soon turned up 6 km north in an area between Kerr Road and Kauri Mt Road.

 

EB’s Tracked History — by Todd Hamilton

November 2019

In pampas opposite houses on Kerr road. No sign of nesting – activity 10 hours.

September 2019

In the pampas opposite houses on Kerr road. Still no sign of nesting with 11 hours nightly activity.

August 2019

In pampas opposite houses on Kerr road. No sign of nesting with 11 hours activity.

July 2019

In pampas opposite houses on Kerr road. No sign of nesting with 12.5 hours activity.

June 2019

In a pampas bush that was left during the recent milling of a pine block at Kerr road, Steady 11.5 hours activity. Rolf helped me catch him for his transmitter change. EB was 1880g in weight and poor condition. His injury from December was well healed so the poor condition is probably a result of the poor feeding conditions there at the moment. His direct neighbours (their house is only 10m from the pampas EB was in) have been hearing him call but we very pleased to meet him  in ‘person’.

EB with Charlie, Mike,Keith and Rolf

May 2019

In scrub and pampas North of Kerr road, 11.5 hours activity.

April 2019

In the pampas at Kerr Road. 11 hours activity.

March 2019

In the pampas at Kerr Road. 10 hours activity.

February 2019

In the pampas at Kerr Road. 10.5 hours activity.

January 2019

After EB’s injury scare in December it has been good to see his nightly activity increase to normal levels and he seems to have settled back down to normal life in the pampas at Kerr Road.

December 2018

On 12/12/18 some Kerr road locals found him on their lawn at 5.30am looking for somewhere to hole up for the day. They carefully but him in a box and gave me a call. He had a bald butt from a recent injury that had healed and the feathers were regrowing (see pic), he was ok otherwise so I put him  back in his usual pampas spot and monitored his activity for the next few weeks. After the odd quiet night he is back up to 9 hours nightly activity. The injury would explain why he hasn’t been nesting.   Hard to tell what the injury was – possibly a dog bite? – If so it was a lucky escape for EB

EB injury

November 2018

In pampas at Kerr rd. Activity still high at 9 hours.

October 2018

Same story as last month! In pampas at Kerr rd. Activity still high at 11.5 hours.

September 2018

In pampas at Kerr road. Activity still high at 11.5 hours .

August 2018

In pampas at Kerr rd. Activity still high at 11.5 hours. Logging has finished in the nearby pines – all went well for the kiwi. .

July 2018

In pampas at Kerr rd. Activity still high at 12 hours. The pines nearby are being logged so I have kept the operators  updated.

June 2018

In pampas at Kerr rd.  Activity still high at 12 hours. Finally caught up with him for his transmitter change. He was 1800g and had a rash on his neck that is healing.

May 2018

In pampas at Kerr rd.  His activity is varying from 12 hours to some nights of 7 hours so he may be starting a nest.

April 2018

In pampas at Kerr rd. 11.5 hours activity. Transmitter change is due but he’s proving hard to catch up with in pampas.

March 2018

In the pampas at Kerr road. 11 hours activity.

February 2018

In the pampas at Kerr road. Feeding up after his first successful nest. Nightly activity is 10.5 hours.

January 2018

Louie Firth -EB’s 1st chick

Successfully hatched January 2018 

The first of the summer chicks has hatched – meet Louie Firth – hatched by monitored kiwi EB. This is EB’s first ever chick – at 5 days old Louie was 250g and bill of 44.0mm so may be a male. Todd DNA sampled and ID chipped him.

EB is now 5 years old and had a few failed attempts at nesting over the last few years but he has finally got the knack!  Also 2nd egg at back of nest so there could be another chick yet.

Louie has been named by a Backyard Kiwi ‘Proud Supporter’ and we wish to thank the EB Firth Trust for their generous support interest in this project.

December 2017

Nesting again in the pampas at Kerr road. 4 hours nightly activity. Hatch due early next month.

November 2017

Nesting again in the pampas at Kerr road. 29 days in on 28/11/17 and 4 hours nightly activity.

October 2017

His 6 month check is due but he is proving elusive in the pampas at Kerr road. Adam gave me a hand but EB just kept sneaking off.

September 2017

His nest beside the intersection of Kerr road and Rarangi Heights failed at 38 days – once again probably because of the nest become very wet.  The nearby dog owners are doing a great job of controlling their dogs allowing EB to get on with life.

August 2017

He is beside the intersection of Kerr road and Rarangi Heights (see pic). Nesting very close to the road in a pampas bush. The four nearby dog owners are making an extra effort on dog control with his nest so close.  At 38 days nesting on 30/8/17 his activity was 4.5 hours.

EB’s nest site

July 2017

He is beside the intersection of Kerr road and Rarangi Heights. Nesting very close to the road in a pampas bush.  At 9 days nesting on 1/8/17 his activity was 4.5 hours.

May June 2017

He is beside the intersection of Kerr road and Rarangi Heights. Activity 12 hours/night.

April 2017

Has moved to beside the intersection of Kerr road and Rarangi Heights. Activity 12 hours/night.

March 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. In the pampas and high activity of 11 hours/night.

In the scrub at Kerr road. Did his annual transmitter change – he was 1850g in weight. His activity is high. You can see him tucked up under a tree fern. Good camouflage but easy for a dog to smell

w-EB tx change march 2017 (3)

w-EB tx change march 2017 (1)

February 2017

In the pampas at Kerr road. As suspected his activity was too high to successfully complete his nest and the single egg was dead. He is just a young guy learning the ropes still.

January 2017

This is the young male released at McLeod Bay back in February 2015. He is 4 years old now and has found a mate just north of Kerr road.

He’s in the scrub at Kerr road, nesting in the pampas near to the road there. Hatch due soon but is activity is looking a bit high and he may not go the full distance.

December 2016

In the scrub at Kerr road. He has started a nest in the pampas near to the road there. Hatch due early February

November 2016

In the scrub at Kerr road. Activity 10 hours a night.

October 2016

His nesting attempt failed after about 40 days so this young fella is still getting the hang of being a kiwi dad. He has moved quite close to the road at Kerr road so please be careful when driving there or walking your dog.


September 2016

He is in the scrub at Kerr road. This young fella has started nesting – he had a failed attempt in his first breeding season last year so hopefully he has the hang of it now. Hatch is due late October.

August 2016

He is in the scrub at Kerr road. Activity is still high at 11.5 hours so Adam and I took the opportunity to do his 6 monthly transmitter band change. He was a healthy 1900g.

July 2016

He is in the scrub at Kerr road. Activity is still high at 11.5 hours so no nest yet for this young fella.

June 2016

He is in the scrub at Kerr road. Activity is still high at 12 hours so no nest yet for this young fella.

May 2016

In the scrub at Kerr road. 12 hours

April 2016

In the scrub at Kerr road. High activity. 11.5 hours

March 2016

In the scrub at Kerr road. High activity.

February 2016

A year on from his release this guy has definitely settled down in the scrub at Kerr road. He currently has an activity of 10.5 hours per night.

January 2016

This young fella had started nesting but as mentioned last month young kiwi often need a bit of practice to nest successfully. This proved to be the case as the nest failed. Adam Willets (BHCT Ranger) gave me a hand to catch EB in the scrub at Kerr road so that we could do his transmitter change

w-EB-Jan 2016Adam Willets with EB


December 2015

This the young male released at McLeod Bay back in February. He is just over 3 years old now and has found a mate just north of Kerr road and he has started his first ever nest!  Hatch is not due until late Jan or early Feb and is by no means certain as kiwi often struggle to complete their first nesting attempt. He has 50 nesting seasons ahead of him so he is entitled to a bit of practice!


Exciting news December 2015

EB is nesting ! His data stream shows activity is down to 5 hours and indicates he’s been on a nest for 14 days. For young kiwi pairs initial attempts at nesting can be patchy so 1st nests can fail – we’ll follow progress with interest.  The good news EB is maturing and doing all the right things for his age and stage of life.

November 2015

Still in the scrub near Kerr Road.  9 hours activity.

October 2015

Still in the scrub near Kerr Road.  10.5 hours activity.


September 2015

Still in the scrub near Kerr Road.  11.5 hours activity.


August 2015

Still in the scrub near Kerr Road.  11.5 hours activity.


July 2015

Still in the scrub near Kerr Road.  12 hours activity.


June 2015

I caught up with this guy for his transmitter band change. He was in the scrub about halfway down Kerr road. EB is a healthy 1825g in weight and has a bill length of 100.5mm. See attached photos.  He is coming up on three years old so getting close to adulthood. It will be interesting to see if he remains in this area if he finds a mate.

15-June-EB

15-June-EB-bracken


May 2015

Still hanging about on the edge of the scrub between Kerr Road and Kauri Mt Road. 12.5 hours of activity each night.


April 2015

EB has settled in the scrub between Kerr Road and Kauri Mt Road. 11.5 hours of activity each night.


March 2015

EB was released at McLeod bay back in February. After rapidly moving 6km north he’s in the scrub between Kerr Road and Kauri Mt Road.

w-EB and Firth Trust family

EB Firth Trustee’s and family


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