Hello friends and family.
We have achieved a lot this week. Daniel and I focused on building new enclosures for penguins and Chris built the houses and pruned trees to allow other, slower growing species to survive.
The weather was kind to us until Thursday lunchtime when the wind came up and we had a few showers. Hiltrun arrived later in the day and bought new batteries for the transponder reader so we were able to identify the 2 new juvenile penguins in care. Neither have been in care before and they are both very thin. They have settled well and are eating from the hand.
Winter monitoring rounds involves checking for stranded penguins, the traps, the trail cameras and checking for penguin vomits that contain the remains of fish bones. Chris uses these to identify the penguin’s diet. It can be very time consuming but is very worthwhile.
With rough seas on Friday, a lot of penguins stayed home for the day. It was nice to see them in pairs at their nest sites, preening or sleeping. The shags also are claiming nest sites and building nests.
On Saturday afternoon Daniel, Chris and Hiltrun all went home after a week of wonderful progress with creating penguin habitat. Thank you all so much – the penguins are very lucky!
Have a great week