This is the last weekend that we can be doing habitat work in the colonies. Now we must walk away and leave the penguins in peace to get on with site selection, nest building and, in a month, egg laying will start. It is a time of anxiety for me as I await that most important of numbers – how many nests do we have. I won’t be able to answer this question until mid-October as egg laying can be spread out over a month or more.
There is still no sign of penguins getting ready to nest. The Little penguins set off a chorus yesterday morning so maybe they will beat the Yellow-eyed ones to nest.