This chick is always hiding! Nonetheless it has picked up a kind sponsor now and it has no sibling so here dad is jealously guarding his charge while mum is out at sea fishing.
This is freshly sponsored chick and its mother is Vivek. She laid her eggs last in the colony so her chick is the smallest. They did have two but one did not make it. So Wee Jamie is getting the full attention of its devoted parents. They live at 10 Windsor St.
This is a freshly sponsored juvenile that required a little TLC in our rehab and has picked up a kind sponsor now! It's a female and her mother is Bronn, also sponsored. We were delighted to find her and she has now been released and we'll keep an eye out for her during the moult, in case she needs a little helping hand.
This female was sponsored as a chick and is now 2 years old. She had an older experienced mate but did not lay any eggs. We gave them a dummy to practice with and they did very well. We have now taken it away so that they can enjoy the rest of the summer and maybe next year we will see them again and they have made real eggs.
The chicks are growing so fast now. The family in this sponsored box has two chicks and they are already both micro-chipped as they were over 3kg. When we handle them for this we also take blood to determine whether they have Avian Malaria and one of these two chicks tested positive. We are treating it with medication now and it ought to be just fine.
Hot on Pyne's heels was Pompey needing some rehab as well. She, too is a two-year old and had the chance to breed this season but evidently didn't think she was quite ready. She only stayed for a few days and then was ready to leave again - she let us know by insistent singing when she heard the other penguins calling in the colony. Next year, eh, buddy, how about some eggs?? Until then, take care.
Yes, she is back - and was in need of a little TLC in rehab. A few pills and some salmon and she was again full of beans and climbing the walls - so to speak - in the rehab facility. When they start doing this, we know that they are ready to get back to the colony and more penguin adventures. Hopefully next year she settles down with a handsome boy and makes some eggs.
This box was sponsored years ago and a pair has gone back and occupied it. They filled the box with so much nesting material that it was near impossible to get a photo of them. The two chicks are now bigger and it's all getting a bit cramped so they have started to sit out front.
This family gave us a bit of a fright. They have two chicks and they are among the biggest and the other day there was only one. OH NO! We looked everywhere and one of our volunteers was very persistent and kept going down the hill, and down and down - all the way to the beach with the seals - and there it was. The chick had fallen 30m or so and the parents had lost sight of it and given up. It was alive and we were able to return it to the nest. AND we built a fence so it won't happen again. What will it be next???? They certainly keep us on our toes!
This male has been sponsored some time ago and he has chosen the box "In remembrance of Morgan Brassill" a young man who loved penguins. Morgan, the penguin is the proud dad of a couple of adorable fluff balls now and so far all is well.