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Thanks to an active intervention program, at Whangarei Heads we really do have kiwi in our backyard.

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June 7th, 2019

Champion Kiwi Dad – Signs off his radio channel!

Backyard Kiwi farewell Lambert, one of our kiwi stalwarts.

Todd caught up with Lambert this month and removed his tx (radio transmitter) .Thanks to consistent tracking for over 10 years we have enjoyed a rare insight into the world of a wild kiwi in the 21st century.

Lambert 2019

Pampas a favoured burrow choice  

We started monitoring Lambert ‘s life at Whangarei Heads in 2008 and he  has been a great breeder. The information gathered from this bird has increased our understanding of kiwi behaviour and been a huge encouragement to the ongoing pest and predator control undertaken in the district.

Lambert was released at Whangarei Heads in 2008 as a two year old and quickly found a mate and since then he has lived in the pampas on the Taurikura ridge. Lambert and his mate proved to be champion breeders and have successfully hatched that’s 27 chicks in 9 seasons! On average 3 chicks a year – well above the expected  2.5 chicks per year.
Lambert still has 40 productive years in front of him and we wish him well in his future private life!

Lamberts whakapapa and life  is recorded in the Local Kiwi Profiles section on the Backyard kiwi website

Here are some photos of just a few of his chicks.









2015 20 chicks so far!


Lamberts whakapapa and life at Whangarei Heads is recorded in the Local Kiwi Profiles section on the Backyard kiwi website.

Kia Kaha Lambert!
We wish you and long and productive life.


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