The first kākāpō eggs in three years have been discovered by rangers on Codfish Island/Whenua Hou. The two nests that have been found so far belong to Lisa, an experienced kākāpō mum, and Tumeke who has bred before but had infertile eggs.
Both Tumeke and Lisa have laid two eggs each – but it will be another week before it’s known whether their eggs are fertile.
Today’s photo of the week is of Tumeke being viewed on her nest through a video monitor.
Kākāpō breeding and nesting on Whenua Hou is triggered by the amount of rimu fruit available on the island, as it is the food that the mother kākāpō relies on to feed her chicks. There has been no breeding during the past two summers because of poor rimu crops.
The Kākāpō Recovery team is preparing for the possibility there could be up to 15 kākāpō nests this season.