Daryl spent 10 years working for the Takahē Recovery Programme, incubating eggs, hand-rearing chicks, managing the Burwood Takahē Rearing Unit and undertaking field work in the Fiordland Mountains. He completed his Diploma in Wildlife Management on artificial incubation and the sexing of takahē and then moved on to use his special skills hand-rearing kākāpō.
Daryl says the skills of bird rearing come naturally to him. “It’s just something that I have always been interested in and wanted to do, and seem to be good at doing.”
He has worked for the Kākāpō Recovery Programme for the last 17 years. Now Takahē Recovery has him back in the fold providing technical advice on takahē conservation, though his skills are still shared with the Kākāpō Recovery Programme.