This female was sponsored as a chick and returned to breed 2 years ago and is now a four-year old. She has swapped partner and is raising one chick. Her old mate was given a dummy egg to worry about so he would not get jealous. It has worked and the chick is growing.
She is a two-year old and has produced a couple of chicks this season - and she lives in a sponsored box called Flipper Palace. With so many kind people keeping their fingers crossed for her - what could go wrong? Diphtheria was treated and they survived - and here they are. Chicky certainly was not keen for us to check them further - fortunately there was no need!
This is Stewie Junior and Anna who live in Uncle Chang's box with their 2 fluff balls. 'Nuff said, really - cuteness overload: that's why we LOVE December!
This newly sponsored penguin lady is a 3-year old who has left her mate from last season - we thought he was very acceptable, but she obviously didn't - and hooked up with a much younger male who arrived new in the colony. Go figure - who knows how they make their decisions! She has two beautiful chicks now to raise and after their treatment for Diphtheria they are thriving. No messing round with this lady - she was not polite when we came calling to check on her.....
Despite her masculine name, she is a girl and she was sponsored as a chick and came back. So she is of course special, but a bit super-special for the kids who sponsored her. She has a new mate and two chicks. She is always the last one to lay her eggs, to hatch her chicks and to get them through the Diphtheria danger month. But she managed this year and although her chicks are still little - they are the two little blobs of fluff in the back - they are doing well.
It's a very sad news story, this one, and we are very sorry. Yesterday we reported that Stitches lost a chick probably to fighting by adults - it looks like both chicks in this sponsored box died also from adults fighting. This is the last photo I have when they were still ok. The parents have done their grieving and will now sit out the season. This was specially devastating because the chicks had made it through the Diphtheria period and survived.
For some of you who have been following us for a while, this one is an old favourite and a very, very special penguin lady. So she is back and she has one chick to raise this season. It started well and both her eggs hatched. Unfortunately it seemed a pair at a loose end came to visit and we suspect the fighting cost the chick its life. It happens and we do our best to prevent it, but some things we just can't predict. She has got one, like all the others it has been treated for Diphtheria and is doing well.
This 3-year old is breeding in her second year now - and with her second mate! She is raising one chick - the other unfortunately didn't make it.
This female was sponsored as a chick 4 years ago, she learnt to fish and returned to breed at Moeraki. She is on mate no. 3 already: Wotan the Magnificent was her first mate - he died of Malaria. Mate no. 2 from last year was abandoned (he is breeding with Vivek this year raising 2 chicks); and her current mate is a sweet young thing (4 years old) who has never bred before. So when one of their eggs did not hatch we thought it was fortuitous as a single chick is easier for this pair. It has survived Diphtheria and is thriving! Fingers crossed all round is keeps going well.
I have been a little hesitant to post updates because every now and then another chick dies even though they have been treated for Diphtheria and survived. We do not know why. Predation is one possibility. So chick sponsorships - although promised for early December - have been slightly delayed. We have not had another death for a couple of days and hope for the best. I think we have 48 chicks left - but this could change again. The good news is that the chicks are growing every day.
Here is our boy Jackson on the nest with his two chicks - he and his (male) mate have received a couple of eggs from a pair that abandoned theirs and the chicks are growing every day.
Apologies to all your wonderful sponsors - update is forthcoming - promise!