In the summertime when there is plenty of feed available the kereru gorge themselves on berries, which can make flying a little more difficult than usual. This makes them very vulnerable to predators.
Unfortunately, numbers are reduced because a mating pair produces only one chick a year, and despite their protected status these birds still fall prey to humans for food.
About forty years ago when they were more plentiful, it was not unusual to see a group of them in the late evenings swooping and soaring on the thermals around the big rock above our property. Sadly, because our government has chosen to use poison in our forests to deal with possums, and because of the human predation, this no longer happens today.
We shall be very much the poorer if this beautiful bird becomes endangered because of the folly of some elements in our communities.
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