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23 July 2014 Two more Takahe Released
Since 2011 Takahe have been translocated to Motutapu from various other sanctuaries such as Tiritirimatangi. Most have made the long journey from Te Anau. Ironical that these flightless birds should come so far by air, land and sea.
The island now has 17 with 3 pairs seen regularly - 2 at Motutapu Outdoor Education Centre at Admin Bay; 2 at Home bay near Reid House and 2 or 3 at the Nursery. The birds have distributed themselves to different parts of the island most where there is a natural wetland or in the case of the nursery threesome plenty of well watered grass for their diet.
We were delighted to receive 2 more in July and they were released near Pig Bay and reports are that they have settled in well.
Visitors - campers and trampers as well as volunteers are like to see the pair at Home Bay as they are often out foraging.
Volunteers at the Nursery frequently see the pair there and sometimes the third member of the group and many school children are privileged to see the pair at the Outdoor Education Centre.
We are grateful to the Department of Conservation's "bird lady" Hazel Speed for her stewardship of these birds and to Mitre 10 Takahe Recovery for their assistance in bringing these birds to Motutapu.