|Love banding his first bird banded in NZ, a European House Sparrow.|
|And with his first Kingfisher|
A Very Old Bird.
Ralph who was a very active member of our group until he moved across the Strait a few years ago reports the sighting of one of his colour banded North Island Robin a couple of days ago. The bird which he has named Gavin appears to be the last survivor of a number of Robins he banded during a study in Pureora Forest during the 1990's. Gavin was banded in March 1997 and would now be aged as an 18, he is almost certainly the oldest known NZ Robin. It is about 6125 days since he was banded. The oldest bird that the group has banded here in Wellington is a Silvereye recaptured a mere 3817 days from banding, 2308 less than Gavin.