The discovery of a takahe nest at Orokonui Ecosanctuary may
lead to a fertile pair of the birds being translocated to the
The nest was found near a main walking track and a webcam was
being set up so visitors could see the nest without
disturbing the birds.
Orokonui's trust board chairman Neville Peat said while it
was exciting that Quammen and Paku were incubating eggs, the
pair had genetic issues indicating infertility, so the eggs
were unlikely to be viable.
''It could be a couple of hundred years since the Dunedin
area has seen takahe incubating eggs.''
The trust would talk to the Department of Conservation about
getting a pair of fertile birds.
''Clearly, the habitat at Orokonui is conducive to takahe