Hello friends and family.
I returned home from 2 weeks of family time on Friday night, feeling excited to be back and keen to see what the penguins had been up to.
Chris and Hiltrun came up yesterday and we went out and checked all the nest boxes. We found 43 nests with eggs – not as good as we had hoped, and different from last season in that there are not a lot of busy males nest building all over the place, but every nest is just so precious!
Not only are the penguins making the most of the spring, the Stewart Island Shags are nesting on the island off Moeraki. While I was away, all of the low down Spotted Shag nests disappeared, making me think that there had been some rough seas.
September brought us 26 mm of rain which was enough to keep our little trees green. More is predicted for today so I am hoping it rains
Have a great week!