Kororā just starting to lay

Although we saw some early pairing up from our penguins in June, Ranger, Linden reports back on a late start for laying of eggs in the colonies:

“Over the past fortnight we have seen the first eggs laid at both of our monitored little penguin/ kororā colonies at Charleston. We generally see the first eggs laid around early August, so it seems as if this season they have started 2-3 weeks later than normal, and a similar trend is playing out at numerous other kororā colonies around the country. The exact reason for the late start is unclear, but food availability is the most likely cause. During the egg incubating phase, adults take turns incubating the eggs, swapping over every 2-3 days. The eggs take a little over a month to hatch, so we will hopefully begin to see chicks by the end of September!”

 

A Blue penguin incubates their eggs. The male and the female both take turns to incubate the eggs for the next 35 days approximately.

 

Trustee, Jill also reported a ‘party’ in her nest box last week, in preparation for the breeding season. She explained that right before breeding begins, there is often a lot of noise and hustle and bustle in the nest box, so she has taken this as a sign that things are finally starting. Watch this space!