Many yellow-eyed penguins are now occupied - and pre-occupied - with their eggs, but everyone has to eat. Here some penguins have encountered each other on the way home just off the beach - having a wee rest, a chat and then they wander off to their respective nests.
Notice how pink their feet are: they supply their feet with lots of blood to cool off when they have been exercising, that is swimming home and walking across the beach. It's the penguin way of sweating!
Some of you who have been following our penguin stories for a while may remember our sponsored adult male called "Wotan" - nicknamed the Magnificent - he is a gorgeous bird (they all are!!) He was a little unlucky in love, his wife ran off and joined another colony and is breeding there, and our Mr Magnificent was alone for a couple of years - not for lack of trying, mind. He has finally succeed with a sweet young thing: at 2 years oldl she has laid him an egg and here he is proudly looking after it.
So far our tally stands at 43 pairs with eggs. We are coming to the end of egg laying and we are unsure whether there is going to be more. We are unable to find almost a third of our old females (including Kiri, Diesel Dick's first daughter who would have been 24 years old this year). The sweet young things have made up for it somewhat though: we have eight 2-year old females on eggs, and another five 2-year olds thinking about it. They may yet give their eager older partners an egg, but time is running out. We expect to have final nest numbers by this time next week. So far 3 fewer nests than last year. Where ARE those females? Probably dead. 😢😢😢