Kiwi ‘Camy’ is a very important kiwi to the project as he’s the only monitored kiwi from Maungataniwha still with a transmitter. He’s also the most difficult kiwi to get to and was overdue for a health check and new transmitter.
Last week, Deb and David flew in from Bridge Pa with perfect flying conditions. Landing on a very frosted clay pan, we thought it would be just a matter of dropping a couple of hundred metres over the side of the ridge to find him.
Yeah right. He had moved! We crossed the stream at the bottom, climbed up the other side, sidled steeply up a side gully, crossed that gully then a steep, thick scrub-bash up the other side to finally find him. It was a nice surprise to discover that he’d finally partnered up, and we’re hoping for his first chicks this year.
On our return trip, we took a different route staying in nice open bush on gentle country; it was much better. The flight back to Bridge Pa was again perfect.