Live Inside the Kakariki Nest Box

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Here’s my latest try at streaming some live video from the project. The video is hosted at streaming provider teleport.io, a firm in Vancouver. You’ll need to click the link above, which will open in a new tab. There are several types of videos playing, live still images, time lapses, history, live streaming, and you can play around with the menu at top right of the Teleport page to change the viewing settings- speed up, slow down etc.

I’ve also compiled a few videos, below, to show some of the interesting types of behaviour you will see.

Please note that the nest is far from a guaranteed success; this is a young pair and there are plenty of opportunities for failure between laying and fledging. As of today 1st February, they have 6 eggs, and the clutch may be complete. First hatching may be around the 9th of February. Fingers crossed.

This is the pair of kakariki/yellow-crowned parakeet we are watching in their nest box. White-Orange is a young female bred at Tui Nature Reserve and released in October 2019. The male is unbanded, so is either island-bred or has chewed his plastic bands off.
6 Eggs as of 31 January. Only the female incubates. The camera is filming in black-and-white here, from ambient light, but it switches over to infrared at night. There is seldom enough light for it to switch to colour. The birds did not react to the camera except when it was put in. They had a look for a moment and have ignored it since. They will be able to see two faint red lights from the 850 nm infrared LEDS. The LEDs do not heat up the box.
From a previous nesting attempt. Lots of juggling eggs and chick- it’s a wonder they fit. She is feeding the chick regurgitated veg and seeds or fruits. She is fed by the male nearby when he calls her off the nest.
A surprising visit by the male to the nest box, I suspect because he can, as opposed to a natural nest hole which might be smaller. She is not entirely pleased but accepts a meal.
Now we know where the male roosts at night anyway. I checked some other night-time footage and this is consistent behaviour.