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Upper Hutt Leader : November 16th 2011
3 UPPER HUTT LEADER, NOVEMBER 16, 2011 NEWS Fast Approval CASH NOW 245 High Street 24 Queen Street Lower Hutt Wainuiomata Phone: 566 0989 Phone: 564 1596 *All Loans Subject to Normal Lending Criteria Loans for all reasons ADELPHI FINANCE LTD The Established Company HN105346/wh Amounts $500 to $5000 Providing Cash Solutions 40 Years of Financial Service UPPER HUTT VETERINARY HOSPITAL & CATTERY 578 Fergusson Drive, Upper Hutt Tel: 528 4788 We believe in providing professional service without costly price tags. Come in and see us today: you'll notice the difference! Summer is on its way... Don't Forget to De-Flea your Pets this Summer. Come in and talk to our friendly staff and find the flea treatment that is right for your pet this Summer. 2150018CC CRIDDLES CURTAINS AND BLINDS OF ALL KINDS 72 Queen Street, Upper Hutt Tel: 04 526 6511 • Fax: 04 526 6512 www.criddles.co.nz Satisfaction Guaranteed 15% OFF Fabrics & Linings 3279902AZ Staglands hoping for baby falcons By AMY JACKMAN Watchful eye: Staglands' female falcon keeps a close eye on intruders into her aviary. Photos: AMY JACKMAN Chicks ahead: Park manager Rodney Owen shows off Staglands' two rare New Zealand Falcon eggs. Staglands Wildlife Reserve is hoping to welcome their first New Zealand falcon chicks in three years, with their female falcon currently incubating two eggs. Park manager Rodney Owen said they noticed the first egg about two-and-a-half weeks ago and the female falcon began to incubate the two eggs on October 31.The eggs are expected to hatch early next month, about 33 days after incubation started. The falcons are a new pairing, with the young male arriving from Rotorua at the end of last year's mating season. Mr Owen says this made the discovery of the eggs more excit- ing. We'd been getting pre-mating behaviour, like he's quite active and they had been doing food par- cel swaps. So we have been watching and waiting and, yeah, you get quite excited when you get the first nest signs, especially with a new pair.'' New Zealand falcons are con- sidered rarer than the kiwi, and Staglands started breeding them in association with the Depart- ment of Conservation in 2005. Since then, they have released 10 fledgling birds into the wild. The New Zealand falcon will either nest on the ground or under a rocky outcrop or fallen tree. They will defend their nest and the female will fly off the eggs when a threat comes close to try and draw the predator away. Anything coming within a 200-metre radius of their nest will be watched and attacked if neces- sary, no matter how large or small. Mr Owen says the chicks will be released into the wild when they are 21 days old and will be closely monitored and fed until they are capable of hunting. Unfortunately you don't see the young ones for very long. They stay in that nest. At around 10 to 14 days they will start getting mobile and running around in the aviary and that's when the public can see them. But that's only a week before we have to move them on to release them.'' Mr Owen says the falcons are a personal favourite of his at Stag- lands. I like the hunting and the speed of them. They are very agile fliers and beautiful in the air to watch. They are born to hunt, if you see them hunting it is a great sight; swoops, dives -- it's very impressive when they fold up and go into a dive. We have had them for quite a few years . . . and we always aim to breed them for release.''
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