Following kokako, days 17, 18 & 19. Fine & calm.
Our pair of kokako have become ‘aloof”. Apparently, it’s a term used when birds won’t engage, even when the recorded song of an interloper is played. What does this mean for our birds? Is it that they are protecting chicks? Or perhaps they’re breeding again? Or does it simply mean they are tired of being watched and just want a bit of peace? Whatever it means, they seem to know that I’m there and they make themselves scarce. I sit for hours, moving from place to place hourly with no luck at all. I imagine them following me around, waiting for me to leave a place before they come in and feast.
Other pairs have been more forthcoming. The pair west of us that we thought had abandoned their nest, had left for a very good reason. They fledged a chick. Gaye found it yesterday. Her message to me said, “Found a juvenile kokako with the E pair today. :-)) It’s pretty unco in the trees at the moment and got tiny new wattles. Should have watched that nest for longer, they showed all signs of abandonment, but no. Tis awesome. I think I’ll check those other pairs we thought had nested for juvvies.”
Image credit: Auckland Council. 2016 march, Hunua Project kokako, Hunua Kokako Recovery Group’s Dave Bryden with a kokako chick. Hunua Project kokako. One of the Hunua Kokako Recovery Project’s newest chicks, hatched in summer 2016.