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Dr Andrew Digby
Conservation biologist for endangered birds 🦜: and scientist with the New Zealand Department of Conservation. Former astrophysicist.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 15
Sue has been cleared* of aspergillosis, and is on her way back to Whenua Hou today. There are currently 16 affected. Nora, who flew off with Sue, kept behind for further diagnosis. (* as much as possible)
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 15
Replying to @iamjulianwilbur
Three do, which we named early on. Tōmua ("early") and Kohitatea ("January") were the first chicks to hatch.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 15
Checking on hand-reared chick Tōmua today, 5 days after release. Looking like a real !
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 14
We've just flown adult Joe and Alice off Whenua Hou. Alice for CT scan for aspergillosis; Joe has high white blood cell count - hopefully unrelated to asper. 38 on the mainland for diagnosis and treatment.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 14
Replying to @takapodigs
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 14
Great to see feature in Wildlife Photos of the Week. Except this is not a . It's a kea. Oops.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 14
Replying to @DrJessC
Usually about 120 days. They're almost fully-grown - and will be heavier than most of the females who've nested at the moment.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 14
Replying to @WayneGWoods
Good job we're on a remote island, eh?!
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 13
Tiwhiri-2-A-19 is one of the hand-reared chicks due to be released tomorrow on Whenua Hou. He's bold, curious, and not at all keen on crocs and gumboots.... Pic: Jinty MacTavish
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 13
Today we put transmitters on 3 of the 4 remaining chicks in the weaning pen on Whenua Hou, including Waa-3-A-19. They'll be released tomorrow, weather-permitting. (awesome) pic: Jinty MacTavish
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 13
Replying to @takapodigs
Oh, and are twice as big as stated (some reach over 4kg). But everyone hates a pedant.... 🙂
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 13
Contrary to this headline, we don't think aspergillosis will wipe out (just yet) - the quote was referring to those in hospital. But it is a very serious threat, and could contribute to a significant decline.
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Alison Ballance Jun 13
For all you fanboys & fangirls, here is Daryl Eason on Whenua Hou today with hand-reared chicks Tiwhiri2A & Marama1A [+ latest kākāpō Files ep in case you missed it]
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 13
Detector Gadget the rodent dog is currently out here on Whenua Hou, doing an annual check for rodents. Note the dog life jacket for the heli flight. You can follow Gadget on Facebook:
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 12
Several transfers today: Sue & Nora off Whenua Hou and Roha-3-A-19 back on, Aparima-2-B and Stella-1-B moved from to Invercargill, and Pura-2-B from Dunedin Wildlife Hospital to Invercargill. We'll hand-rear chicks in Invercargill.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 12
Today we flew adult female Nora and Sue to the mainland for CT scans to check for aspergillosis. We'll be testing most of the females on Whenua Hou over the coming weeks.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 12
Replying to @AlisonBallance
And with !
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Alison Ballance Jun 12
Heading to Whenua Hou with kākāpo chick Roha3A (& Daryl Eason) + Detector Gadget the rodent inspector dog (& her 'numb nose' Sandy)
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 12
Now heading off to Whenua Hou with chick Roha-3-A, the first Whenua Hou chick cleared of aspergillosis.
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Dr Andrew Digby Jun 12
Replying to @djkajibee
Good question. This year has been unusually warm and dry down here. We're looking into whether environmental conditions might be responsible.
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