Bream Head Reserve from Manaia

Rangers Report – November 2011

Kiwi have been a recurring theme this month, partly because it is the breeding season but also we were very fortunate to have the two new birds released into the reserve. The birds were both collected as chicks and placed onto Limestone Island for about a year where they have grown in the predator free environment to a sub-adult stage. At around 1200gm or more they are considered large enough to return to the mainland. This joint operation between the Whangarei Heads Landcare Forum, Friends of Matakohe Limestone Island and DoC has operated very successfully for many years. For the release sixty five Friends of Bream Head and local residents gathered at the Urquhart Bay carpark to check out the young kiwis; a special opportunity for any New Zealander.

After viewing in the carpark about thirty people walked to Home Bay for the actual release.

Thanks to Todd Hamilton and the DoC kiwi team who helped make this happen. Thanks also to the Bank of New Zealand Save the Kiwi Trust who help make this work possible. When you have the opportunity to see a kiwi up close you realise what a very special bird they are, more than worthy of our support to ensure their safety and survival.

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