Two rare falcons have been released, after the fledglings were introduced to Millbrook Resort near Arrowtown. The female New Zealand falcons, or karearea, were introduced as chicks. They lived in a hack box for the past few weeks, after arriving at the resort from the Wingspan National Bird of Prey Centre in Rotorua. The chicks were born to parents originally from Southland, which were taken to the centre to breed after injury prevented flight. Millbrook Resort marketing manager Ciara McDermott said the birds were not allowed any human contact during the intro- duction phase. They were fed daily in the morning and were now pottering around in the trees near the hack box. Staff will continue to supplement feeding for up to a year. New Zealand falcons are endemic, capable of flying at speeds up to 100kmh with a habitat that ranges across the North and South Islands, Stewart Island and the Auckland Islands. Their conservation ‘‘near-threatened.’’
INTRODUCED: Female falcons have been released at Millbrook Resort.