Welcome to Katiki Heights, the newest subdivision of lifestyle blocks at Katiki Point Reserve…for penguins. Rosalie has been working hard to make a part of the reserve a little more penguin friendly. Paths through the bush have been extended into this new breeding area. A path through the tall grass (provided by a spraying Round-Up) will give easy access around the subdivision because yellow-eyed penguins can’t negotiate tall grass. Penguins are creatures of habit, so eventually the dead grass will become a dirt path and the herbicide will no longer be necessary.
Wayne and Rosalie also built some new nest boxes (closed on three sides because that is what yellow-eyed penguins prefer) and placed them out of eyesight from one another but within earshot so they can yell to each other and be heard. Yellow-eyed penguins have a stronger sense of privacy than other penguin species but they like to be able to at least hear each other.
We went for a walk around the new subdivision, and once again, penguin poo tells the tale: the yellow-eyed penguins are moving in. This area will accommodate the younger breeding penguins next year, and we are hoping for a banner year.