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Malaika

Malaika – young female “Angel”

Malaika hatched in a nest, in a paddock, on Lovell’s farm out at Purua in the spring of 2017. She was 260g in weight at 10 days old when we transferred her to Limestone Island to grow up ready for a public release. Early in 2019 we caught up with her again and she was 1700g and looking like a young female kiwi. Kiwi are the slowest growing bird in the world and take 4-5 years to reach adulthood so she still had plenty of growing to do. Malaika means “Angel” in Swahili and was named by proud BYK supporter Fay Clayton.

October 2020

She has remained in the Owhiwa Road pine block after returning there from her major walk last month. 10.5 hours activity.

September 2020

Has returned to Owhiwa Road after walking across the Kiwi Link and back. 12 hours activity.

August 2020

Bounced around after the flooding in the Owhiwa road pine block and then disappeared for a few weeks. Finally got a signal for her way North of her usual area. She has walked across the Kiwi Link to the pines at the end of Taraunui rd (as Pakiri and Jemima have done previously).  I have let Cam and PNLC know her details so hopeful they can continue to monitor her over their way.  12 hours activity.

July 2020

Has been bouncing around since the flooding in Owhiwa road pine block. 11 hours activity. Kerry Martin gave me a hand to do her transmitter band change in the pampas on his pine block – she was in good condition and has grown to 2100g and bill of 125.7mm (cf 1850g and 119mm back in January). She is coming up on 3 years old so has some more growing to do yet.

 

June 2020

This young girl has stayed at Kerry Martin’s pine block for the past two months. Her nightly activity is 12 hours.

May 2020

Malaika has stayed at Kerry Martin’s pine block for the past month. Her nightly activity is 13 hours.

April 2020

This young girl has also made her way to Kerry Martin’s pine block – this place is becoming the place to be for kiwi! She has taken over a year to work her way there and may have headed there because of the other kiwi calling. Her nightly activity is 12.5 hours.

 

March 2020

She has moved north one valley and is now at the end of Ross road, Kohi had previously be close to her for a while so some older girl may have moved her on? 11 hours activity.

February 2020

Still in the wetland on north-west side of Taraunui Road, Recently released Kohi is now nearby and they must be hearing each other, 10.5 hours activity.

January 2020

In a wetland on Steve and Anne Plant’s property on the west side of Taraunui Road.  8 hours nightly activity.

December 2019

In a wetland on Steve and Anne Plant’s property on the west side of Taraunui Road.  Jack helped me catch her in a patch of pampas by the wetland for her transmitter change – she is over 2 years old and grown to 1850g and bill of 119.1mm so still has some more growing to do before full adulthood (see attached pic of Malaika with Jack and Steve).

November 2019

Still in the Taraunui Road/Ross Road area, 9 hours activity- located her in a wetland beside a landowners’ shed on a 50 ha dog free property- also a good place to make a kiwi home.

October 2019

Still in the Taraunui Road/Ross Road area, 11 hours activity – as she moves around I’m meeting new landowners that are excited to have her in their patch.

September 2019

After being settled in Ross’s pines, Taraunui road for the past 6 months she has been on the move and is now further down Taraunui Road in bush just south of Ross Road.

August 2019

In wetland in Ross’s pines, Taraunui road.  Activity is 11 hours. Did her 3 monthly check with the new Limestone Ranger Darren Gash as part of his kiwi training. Malaika was 1700g and 112.1mm and is still growing.

July 2019

In wetland in Ross’s pines, Taraunui road.  Activity is 11 hours.

 

June 2019

In wetland in Ross’s pines, Taraunui road.  Activity is 12 hours.

May 2019

In wetland in Ross’s pines, Taraunui road. Rolf and I did her 3 monthly check – she was 1800g, 107.4mm bill length so has only put on 100g  since her release – due to the dry conditions. Activity is 11.5 hours.

April 2019

12 hours activity, Still in Ross’s pines Taraunui road.

March 2019

11 hours activity, Ross’s pines Taraunui road.

Kiwi Release

We transferred her to Parua Bay as part of the highly successful BYK kiwi release in February 2019. She spent the next 6 months getting to know the area between Taraunui Road and Lamb Road before heading North in search of new territory. Because she was a young kiwi we checked and changed her radio transmitter band every 3 months as she grew. She has spent the start of 2020 in the wetlands and and pine blocks east of Tarauni Road and Ross Road.

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