Hello friends and family
I got off to a great start this week and painted the east wall of the house on Sunday. I also went outside at bed time and saw the aurora. I now know that I have seen it before, but on Sunday night it created a backdrop to Shag point and looked impressive – my camera did not capture anything!
The falcon visited on Monday morning. I saw it again on Wednesday when I completed painting the 3rd wall of the house. I felt very pleased with my efforts but the effects lingered through Thursday and Friday when Chris and Hiltrun were here, and I was tired far too soon from planting flaxes and penguin houses on Thursday and clearing jungle on Friday!
Most of the penguins are spending most of their time during the day fishing. Some are staying home and they look in excellent health. Part of our monitoring duties is the collection of casts. This is when penguins regurgitate indigestible bones and other bits of their diet. At the moment, we are finding crab claws and scallop shells. These may have been eaten by the fish that the penguins eat.
The Sooty Shearwaters (Titi) are on the move. This small flock was resting in the bay. They fly from here, across the Pacific and up to Siberia. They will return in the spring.
Have a great week!