We have reason to believe our kakariki population is increasing, thanks to our new remote monitoring equipment and to BJ, who has taken on the tedious task of sifting through hours of video footage.
Footage of kakariki is a national first (click here to see), so it has been a challenging yet rewarding experience learning how to use this new technology. Whilst remote monitoring allows us to easily observe juvenile and adult kakariki, because the juveniles are unbanded, it is difficult to get an idea of just how many juveniles there are. Going by what is known of kakariki behaviour, BJ and Richard have been trying to use known family groups to distinguish between different juveniles, and get a good estimate of the population size.
Asides from going square-eyed looking at a laptop screen, BJ tells us that the results are generally positive; the millet feeding stations continue to be effective at keeping kakariki on Moturua, and the birds are busy bulking up on the plentiful supply of natural seeds and berries for the coming winter.
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