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Lambert

Lambert was released at Whangarei Heads in 2007 as a two year old. He quickly found a mate and since then has lived in the pampas on the Taurikura ridge. Lambert has proven to be a champion breeder and has successfully hatched 18 chicks in the last seven years. Current land owner Lee McGrath named Lambert after George Lambert, an old time ‘cocky’ (farmer) who fenced off the bush where Lambert’s father George the kiwi now lives.

Lambert’s Tracked History – by Todd Hamilton

November 2018

Has re-nested too. 37 days on 23/11/18 so hatch due around Xmas day.  Activity is up to 4.5 hours at the moment, which is a bit high for good nesting.

October 2018

This keen guy has re-nested already. 8 days on 25/10/18. Whangarei Heads School have named Lamberts September chick ‘Piwi’

September 2018

Nesting in pampas by main track on Taurikura ridge. He has also hatched a chick that Whangarei Heads School will name.

August 2018

In pampas by main track on Taurikura ridge. His data stream shows that he has hatched his first chick and I am now waiting for his activity to increase before checking his nest.

July 2018

In pampas by main track on Taurikura ridge. Activity 3 hours per night at day 37 on 30/7/18.

June 2018

In pampas at Taurikura ridge. Activity dropping, 8.5 hours per night. So should be starting to nest.

May 2018

In pampas at Taurikura ridge. Activity 12.5 hours per night. Feeding up for breeding.

April 2018

In pampas at Taurikura ridge. Activity 11hours per night. Feeding up for breeding.

March 2018

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Activity a high 11.5 hours per night.

February 2018

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Feeding up after nests –activity is 10.5 hours per night.

January 2018

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Finished second nest. First chick hatched and gone, second egg very rotten. Did his annual transmitter change, he was down to 1820g after nesting.

December 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has just about finished his second nest- 82 days today and 3.5 hours activity- hatch should be in next few days.

November 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has re-nested and has now settled into a good low nesting activity of 3.5 hours per night. Hatch is due about xmas.

October 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has re-nested but his activity may be a bit high at 8.5 hours per night at day 13 – time will tell.

September 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Nesting in the pampas his nest failed at 75 days which is very unusual. Both eggs were well developed and not far off hatching but the nest had become very wet and the eggs became infected and died.

August 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Nesting in the pampas 64 days nesting as of 31/8/17 and 3.5 hours/night activity. Getting close to hatching.

July 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Nesting in the pampas 23 days nesting as of 21/7/17 and 3.5 hours/night activity.

June 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. In the pampas and high activity still of 11.5 hours/night.

May 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. In the pampas and high activity of 11.5 hours/night.

April 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. In the pampas and high activity of 12 hours/night.

March 2017

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


February 2017

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has also hatched his two chicks from his second nest of the season, again DNA sampled and ID chipped. Dad was 1840g and in  good condition considering he has had two nests over a dry summer. Lambert has had 24 chicks in the last 8 years!!  Unfortunately one of these recent chicks has just drowned in an irrigation dam – she had moved 600m downhill out of the pampas and was only a month old.  This was just before the rain came so she must have been after the moisture in the hot dry conditions.

January 2017

2nd Check in January and Lambert has hatched his first chick from his second nest of the season and I am watching his activity for a change.

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. On his second nest in the pampas in the pines, hatch due late January.

December 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has renested, hatch due late January.

November 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has renested, 4 hrs activity at day 11, hatch due late January.

October 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has finished nesting and back up to 8.5 hours of nightly activity.


September 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Nesting in pampas Lambert has hatched 1 chick but the older egg was dead.  This chick is also probably a girl with a weight  of 290g and a bill length of 44.1mm at 5 days old. Fay Clayton – hard working BYK committee member and also one of our proud supporters has named the chick “Crystal” I was pleased to be able to do Lambert’s transmitter change at the same time because he is almost impossible to catch in the deep pampas usually but loves nesting in pampas closer to the track which makes access difficult but possible.

w-16.09. Laberts chickCrystal – Lambert’s spring chick 


August 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Nesting in pampas, 4 hours nightly activity at day 39, hatch due mid – September.

July 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Nesting in pampas, 4 hours nightly activity at day 20, hatch due mid- September.

June 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Deep in pampas. Activity has dropped to 10.5 hours so he may be starting to nest.

May 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Deep in pampas. 12 hours per night.

April 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. Deep in pampas. High activity-11.5 hours per night.

March 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. High activity- 11 hours per night.

February 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has finished his second nest successfully hatching 1 chick according to his radio data stream. I couldn’t check the nest safely as it was deep in the pampas and difficult to locate without disturbing dad and the chick.

January 2016

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. His data stream shows a hatch from his second nest, will wait for his activity to increase before trying to find him in the pampas.


December 2015

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has renested and hatch is due late January. His current activity is 4 hours per night.


November 2015

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge. He has renested and hatch is due late January.

October 2015

Usual area at Taurikura Ridge feeding up after finishing nesting last month.


September 2015

In the pampas at Taurikura Ridge. This guy is keeping up with his reputation as a super dad! He hatched his 20th chick in 6 years after 78 days nesting and tried hard to hatch his second egg but unfortunately it was a dud. I managed to catch up with this guy and his chick in the pampas – he was down to 1875g in weight and now has a new transmitter. The chick has an ID chip and was sampled for DNA

15.10-Lamberts 20th chick - cake

15.09-Lamberts 20th Chick

 


August 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. He is nesting hard with 4 hours activity at day 44, hatch is due mid-September.


July 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. He has re-nested after his early season nest failed. His nightly activity is a steady 4 hours which is good for early nesting. Hatch is due mid-September.


June 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. He started nesting around 30/5/15 but his activity didn’t drop to the normal low activity of 3-4 hours per night and the nest failed after 19 days. Lambert has traditionally been a great breeder and his now dropping activity indicates that he may have renested already.


May 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. 11 hours activity.


April 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. He has finished nesting now, he hatched the first egg successfully but the second egg was a dud.


March 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. Still nesting but his transmitter data stream is giving some strange readings so it will be hard to know when any hatch occurs.


February 2015

Usual area Taurikura Ridge, he has started nesting again – his third for the season! He had got to 27 days’ nesting on 2/3/15 (on his way to 70-80 days). His nightly activity is a mere 3 hours.


January 2015

Taurikura Ridge. His activity has dropped to 6 hours so he may be starting to nest again.


November 2014

Taurikura Ridge. Also on his 2nd nest, activity 4 hours, hatch due mid December.


October 2014

As I reported last month this champion dad has already hatched 18 chicks since 2009 and by the look of his declining night time activity is starting to nest again.


August September 2014

Taurikura Ridge. Nesting in the pampas in Geoff Pike’s pines. This champion dad has hatched another chick after 79 days nesting- his 18th since 2009! I even managed to get a long over due transmitter change done on him.

Lambert chick 1 Lambert chick 1
Lambert Chick 2 Lambert Chick 2


July 2014

Usual area east side of Taurikura Ridge. Nesting. 32
days on 23/7/14, 4 hrs activity.

Lambert's nest Lambert’s nest


June 2014

Usual area Taurikura Ridge. Nesting, 8 days on 29/6/14, 6.5 hrs activity.


May 2014

Usual area Taurikura Ridge, he is still proving very hard to locate in the dense pampas there.


April 2014

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – he is still proving very hard to locate in the dense pampas there.


February 2014

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – he is still proving very hard to locate in the dense pampas there.


January 2014

His transmitter data stream indicated hatches on 9/1/14 and around 30/1/14 but Martin Hunt and I were unable to get to his nest safely (for him and his chicks) as it is in a patch of dense pampas. This guy is a great breeder but he is also a real pain to monitor so his transmitter is definitely coming off the next time I catch up with him!


December 2013

On his second nest at Taurikura ridge hatch due any day now.


November 2013

On his second nest at Taurikura ridge (hatch due around xmas day)


October 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge -transmitter data stream showed eggs hatching but because he was in dense pampas I couldn’t risk getting a look without disturbing him and his chicks. His nest finished after 90 days and 22 days after the first chick hatched. He is re-nesting already!


September 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – nesting – transmitter data stream shows first hatch.


August 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – nesting – 3 hours activity – nest will be 65 days on 15 September approx.


July 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – nesting – 65 days on 15 September approx.


June 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – activity of 11 hours per night.


May 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – activity of 12 hours per night.


April 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – activity of 12 hours per night.


March 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – activity of 11 hours per night.


February 2013

Usual area Taurikura Ridge – his activity is high.


January 2013

1st chick hatched news year’s day -2nd egg was a dud. Did a transmitter change on him and he was in pretty good condition considering he had just finished his second nest for the season.


December 2012

Holding tight on his second nest – due to hatch late December.


November 2012

Holding tight on his second nest – due to hatch late December.


October 2012

Nesting – 14 days


September 2012

After 85 days on the nest Lambert hatches 2 chicks.

Chick 1: ID chip(transponder) 0006E6AFB8 inserted.
Weight: 300g
Bill length 46.3mm

Chick 2
ID chip 00725CCF5 inserted.
Weight: 290g
Bill length 45.1mm


June 2012

Nesting again in same area – 6 days on the nest


January 2012

Nesting 79 days had hatched one chick 9 days previous but was too deep in the pampas for Todd to get to


November 2011

Nesting again – 27 days nesting


September 2011

1st chick gone.

2nd chick:
ID chip(transponder) 0006F144 inserted.
Weight: 285g
Bill length 43.5mm


July 2011

Nesting again – 27days
Usual area on top of Taurikura Ridge


March 2011

2nd chick ID chip(transponder) 006C982CF inserted.

Weight: 290g
Bill length 45.6mm
named M.A.N.E.X by Manaia Excavators – Proud Supporters of Backyard Kiwi


February 2011

Missed the 1st chick


December 2010

Nesting again signal at 4 days


October 2010

After 85 days Lambert has hatched 2 chicks

1st chick:
ID chip(transponder) 006C98C8A inserted.
Weight: 265g
Bill length 51mm
Named ‘Pike’ after the landowners father who has done a lot of work on this piece of land

2nd Chick:
ID chip(transponder) 006C98233 inserted.
Weight: 270g
Bill length 48.4mm
Named ‘Sandy’ after Sandersonia the name of the flower produced at Ocean Flowers. Named by Audrey Rhodes, business manager at Ocean Flowers


January 2010

After nesting 26 days he hatched a kiwi chick – ID chip (transponder) 006C991E0 inserted.
Weight: 270g
Bill length 47.1mm
Named Jeremy after Jeremy Warne in appreciation of the work Jeremy put into developing our website.


November 2009

Todd gets a nesting signal from Lambert; he’d been nesting for 13 days


August 2009

Todd and Heather Hunt found Lambert nesting in the hollow of a tree near the top of Taurikura Ridge.

Lambert hatched two chicks.

Chick 1:
ID chip(transponder) 69B5ABB inserted.
Weight: 280g
Bill length 43.4mm
named Amber by Nick Edgar – CEO NZ Landcare Trust

2nd chick:
ID chip(transponder) 6C5F795 inserted.
Weight:275g
Bill length 42.6mm
named Marita, after one of the Taurikura ridge team setting up traplines

Monitored for another 6 months


August 2009

Todd and Daniel MacDonald caught up with Lambert for a health check
Weight: 1740g
Bill length 96.3mm


August 2008

Moved to the top of Taurikura Ridge
Spending a lot of his time in the pines


July 2008

Using a trained kiwi dog he was located again and is now big enough to be transferred
Weight: 1760g
Bill length 92.9mm

Lambert was transferred to the Whangarei Heads and released at Ocean Flowers (Heather and Martin Hunts flower farm) by Nick Edgar – CEO NZ Landcare Trust did the honour


March 2007

Todd caught up with Lambert on (Limestone) island
At 800g Lambert was too small to release at Whangarei Heads (transfer weight is 1200g)


December 2006

Lambert was in George’s nest at the Mc Graths’ property at Purua (George is one of the birds Todd monitors)
He was about 10 days old
Todd inserted an ID chip(transponder) with the unique code 6961CD6 just under his skin so he can be identified in the future.

Weight: 260g
Bill length 41.3mm
That day Lambert was transfered to Limestone island for Creching in the BNZ Operation Nest Egg project.


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