Zealandia have announced that their takahē pair, Nio and Orbell, are nesting. The takahē lawn will be closed for the next couple of weeks to give them some privacy.
Photo of Nio and Orbell by Judi Lapsley Miller
Staff are doing all they can to improve the chances of a successful chick, but realise that anything could happen, particularly with these older birds.
The first kākāriki and hihi chicks were found last week at Zealandia, and the first kākā chicks have been banded, marking a strong start to the breeding season.
Korimako fledglings are visible at the Round the Lake and Discovery feeders, and kererū are also nesting near Tūī Terrace and the Henderson Lawn.
Mustelid dog Kōwhai and her handler Richard from the Department of Conservation recently visited the sanctuary, with Kōwhai showing no unexpected interest in any area.
This means that following the successful trapping of a female weasel at the southern end of the sanctuary in October, Zealandia is now mustelid-free again, which is good news for the new chicks.