Today, we went to the Hawdon Valley to check on two nests and attach satellite transmitters, weigh, measure, band, and take bloods from the birds. While we were out I learnt many things to share with you all!
- Take your seatbelt off when you are crossing a stream in a car. In case of emergency!
- Bush bashing isn't when you fight your way through the bush, it's when the bush fights you as you walk through!
- Just because you walk up a big hill to see a Kea nest doesn't mean they will still be there. It was still cool though, as we collected a camera which showed us when the chick had fledged :-)
- Forest creatures are very nosey, and like to know what you are doing, and in the case of the robin, if you would please kick some more bugs up!
- KEA CHICKS ARE SUPER CUTE! And very fidgety :-)
- Kea parents in the wild behave just like Kea parents in captivity! They make the same call when their nest is disturbed; they show the same postures and behaviours like throwing things at you; and they are very curious.
- Kea live in forests. Some of you may have known this already but I was surprised at the amount of time they spend in forests!
- The people carrying out this work are amazing, super fit people!
Tomorrow the weather is supposed to be awful so I am going to help a PhD student, Erin, remove some transmitters so she can download the data from them.
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