The kāhu's loping flying style and dashing courtship displays make it the gent of our skies. When it comes to mating season, they will let out the occasional whistle during display flights – males let out a “kee-a” to which the female responds with a “kee-o”. These beautiful birds fly close to the ground when hunting for prey. Their sharp eyes and sense of hearing make them very successful, particularly on open ground.
Scott Bowman is co-founder of Oxford Bird Rescue in North Canterbury, the primary rehabilitation facility for harrier hawks and Little owls in the South Island. Scott and his wife Tracey have been working with New Zealand raptors since 2012 and as well as the birds they take in directly at the shelter they also rehab harrier hawks for both the Christchurch & Dunedin Wildlife hospitals.