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Where is my Breakfast
In the summer we tend only to feed when the weather is bad, and we put out quite a weak sugar solution of about 1:6 ratio.
Yum, Breakfast. . Kaka are specialist nectar feeders with a modified tongue to assist feeding, but will eat a wide variety of seeds and grubs as well. Pretty omnivorous really.
Our big banded Tui male. Probably a young bird when banded, he is now very definitely at the top of the pecking order, and gets lots of deference from the other Tui.
Tui enjoy the hand out as well, and we have been delighted to see a large banded male at the bowl. The banding was done in September 2011, as part of a research program we hosted. Click here for link to post.
Bellbirds & Waxeyes
Waxeyes self introduced out of Australia around 100 years ago, and are now widespread and very common. They love the birdcake. The container is to keep the kaka from stealing it all.
Should we Feed Them ??
Breakfast and a photo opp.
We think yes, as they give us and our guests a large amount of pleasure but we are conservative, and try to balance feed with the weather conditions day to day. We put out fruit and nuts as well as the Bird Cake and sugar. Our guests love seeing them so up close and personal, and are amazed that they can hand feed kaka .. who generally “play to the gallery” and will even tap on the window at Breakfast time and peer longingly at the goodies. We keep bread hand outs to a minimum, as too much is apparently not a good diet. And I would seriously doubt them becoming dangerously dependent. If we all stopped feeding today we would have a bunch of grumpy kaka for a few days and then they would just get on with life.
…. Peter & Iris, Sails Ashore
11 View St,
64 3 219 1151
0800 783 9278
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