Kororā or Little penguins are the world’s smallest penguin, standing at only 35-43 cm and weigh in at just over 1kg. Kororā is perfectly camouflaged while hunting for food on the ocean with a white underbelly and a medium to dark indigo-blue on the top side. The penguins hunt at sea, diving for prey generally in waters less than 50 m deep. Their diet is composed of varying proportions of small shoaling fish, squid and crustacean species. They will swim up to 25km offshore and up to 70km from their colonies, reaching speeds of 6kph. Alas as sea temperatures have risen so have the sightings of starving or emaciated penguins this is due to kororā having to go further and deeper for the small fish they require for themselves and chicks.
Little penguins are widely distributed along the coastlines of the North, South, Stewart and Chatham Islands and their offshore islands. They visit (but are not known to breed at) the Three Kings Islands, and are vagrant to the Snares Islands. Little penguins are also common in south-western and south-eastern Australia, where they are also known as fairy penguin. Little penguins are mainly found within 25 km of the shore during the breeding season but can travel further out to sea when not breeding. Major breeding areas in New Zealand include Hauraki Gulf islands, Wellington Harbour, Cook Strait islands and Marlborough Sounds, West Coast, Fiordland, Motunau Island, Banks Peninsula, Oamaru, Otago Peninsula, islands in Foveaux Strait and around Stewart Island, and the Chatham Islands.
About Our Live Cams
The Kororā live cam uses two high-res cameras. The first high definition Axis Dom Camera is situated in a nesting box giving views a birds-eye view into the nest where you will get to watch from egg to fledgeling. The second camera, an AXIS Q6155-E PTZ Network Camera which is installed right at the only entrance in and out of the nesting ground. Both cameras are equipped with built-in IR.