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[LBI 2012] Finished

October 29, 2012

[This is the fourteenth in a series of posts – essentially diary entries – on fieldwork on Little Barrier Island, New Zealand. Internet access was unavailable on the island, so I am publishing them one-per-day now that I am back on the mainland.]

01/10/2012

Final distance-sampling run today, amid dicey weather. I re-did Line Z, the furthest South line, between bouts of shower and high winds. I distance-sampled only one bird, a saddleback, which I managed to hit directly with a rangefinding lazer. It carried on singing unconcerned. I audio-recorded one other bird, with a call almost like a kiwi, which is likely a long-tailed cuckoo. Spring is here.

The colour-banded female hihi I saw on 29/09/2012 has been identified as  one banded three years ago as a 1+ year-old. Two seen by other members of the hihi team were aged 7+ years. Hihi seem to have good longevity here.

Owing to the unexpected bout of weather, the boat may not be able to come to Hauturu tomorrow – we may have to overnight an additional night here. We’ll find out early tomorrow morning and hastily swallow our sea-sickness medication.

Side note for the day: Katie knows how to bake rather impressively. There were good scones when I got back (late), and almond-ginger cake, and chocolate éclairs for tomorrow. Now if only this island can see fit to develop some hot springs…

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