Another yellow-eyed penguin lady who unfortunately lost her mate - we actually found him dead and suspected Malaria. From the crop of handsome bachelors she picked a four-year old (she herself is only three) who has never bred before. So she has a little bit more experience with incubation and small chicks but of course we had to take her chicks away last season to protect them from predators. Afterall one chick got killed fairly close to hers last year. So it was a relatively easy year for her, and now she has a new house, a new mate and new eggs. Welcome back!
This female yellow-eyed penguin unfortunately lost her mate last season - we have not found him in the last few weeks. He had been marked as an adult so we don't know his age or origin. Janet in the meantime had the pick of the bachelors and chose the boy from down the road who also lost his mate. We are very happy that both have found a mate and get to hopefully raise a family this year.
She is back with her mate from last season but in new house. These two were one of the three unfortunate pairs who had one of their chicks killed by a predator last summer. We whisked the other one away into rehab and it fledged successfully. Our trapping has improved over this year and fingers crossed this won't happen again!
It is never guaranteed that sponsored boxes will be used and although we choose boxes that are used at the time, they can then stand empty for a year or three. This box was occupied by a single male when it was sponsored, but he moved away into a different one and bred with Ciara. They moved back into his old bachelor pad and now they have two eggs again. That's the good news. The bad news is the sponsorship has faded from this box - but it remains the "Wild Shack" for the season - it's no. 13.
This nest box was used last season but unfortunately the female disappeared some time through the summer. The male has been busy and stole his neighbour's wife and has set up house with her. They have two beautiful eggs.
This all-time favourite lady is also back with her old mate and two beautiful eggs. She has chosen her old nest box from two years ago and we are super happy to see her again. She has had some challenges earlier in her life with a severe injury that was fixed by our wonderful vet Tony and she is now 7 years old and in her prime. She was probably one of the fab four that we featured through the winter as this nest is close to where that trail camera was parked for a while. Fingers crossed all goes well this summer.
This box was sponsored in the past when it had a pair breeding in it, and this year it is occupied again, but alas, the name on the box is faded under the layer of green. None the less, this is your box, Andy - thank you for your support! The pair is incubating two eggs.
This young yellow-eyed penguin female has also made it through and is now sharing incubation of her beautiful two eggs with her mate from last season. They did change box and moved next door into the neighbour's house who had moved out last season and moved again this season. She has a great view over the ocean and can watch the sunrise every morning. For now though, she is hunkering down to the serious business of incubating eggs.
We are delighted that Thor is back - yes the female named after the Norse god who swings a hammer! Apparently Thor is Odin's son or in this case daughter. She was named when she was a chick and we did not know her sex then. She did very well and did not need a helping hand through the moult. Now she is back and has eggs.
This young pair is back in their old box and have two eggs. They raised one chick last season and now have the experience to raise two - provided both eggs hatch of course.