21/10/18: 6 adult little blues were sighted around the Nga Motu and Breakwater Bay area of New Plymouth. Chicks were heard from inside burrows, showing signs of potential breeding success – full fledging of grown chicks will see a successful breeding season!
14/10/18: Multiple little blue penguin footprints sighted at Waipingao Stream. It was reported that an estimated 13 pairs of prints were evident in the sand dunes further in to the brush, evidence of their travels to and from their burrows. Signage to streamline information to visitors has been discussion with iwi landowners.
22/10/18: Multiple Little blue penguin footprints sighted at Tongaporutu. You can see here how far they travel to get from the water to their burrows and just how many there can be in one area! Great findings over Labour Weekend by our citizen scientists and iNaturalist users!
iNaturalist has featured seasonality graphs as well as other graphs (History and Life stages) which collect all the data submitted about a specific species and calculates averages. These statistical averages reflect certain seasons of activity. This graph on the left here, for instance, shows us when little blue penguins are most sighted during the year! We can conclude from this evidence that this must be a significant period of a penguin’s life – we know from other scientific studies that this increase in sightings is due to adult penguins returning to their burrow frequently to feed their chicks!