I'm on tour at the moment, and we were at Turangi last night. We saw one Blue Duck at Major Jones' Pool in the evening and a pair this morning.
Two separate locals told us that the pair had already fledged and "kicked out" a brood of 3 (or 5?) that were full grown.
I find that really hard to believe, but does anyone else think/know that it can be true?
Another pair that we found had fluffy, week-old, chicks
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Perhaps they meant last summer's brood? I'm not sure.
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We were in the Ruahines with DOC on the weekend doing trapline checks, and some of the other folks saw pairs of whio with 5 chicks each. Not fledged, but still pretty early.