Hello friends and family
These are busy times!
On Sunday afternoon I picked up grandson Daniel from the airport in Dunedin. It was raining all the way and so Daniel, who was not sure of the waterproofness of his suitcase, had to nurse it all the way home. We called into the supermarket and got some oven fries for the air fryer and Daniel is in charge of chips for his visit.
On Monday we did a beach search and Daniel began feeding the Yellow-eyed penguin chicks. He had remembered how to feed from his last visit and has stepped up from Crested penguins to Yellow-eyed ones. That evening we went to Anderson’s Bay lagoon and picked up 2 Little penguins, and an adult who is still alive and a fledgling that died the next day. There were 2 more dead ones that had stranded there in the previous 48 hours.
On Wednesday we went to Oamaru in the morning and to Waianakarua in the afternoon. We went to a Pizza lunch, and took Roxy, Jan’s dog with us. Daniel and Roxy kept company while the adults sorted out the world – awesome! In the evening I picked up cousin Daniel from the turnoff and so for the rest of the week we are enjoying two Daniels.
Jan, Vicki and Robbie came out on Thursday for a working bee and 20 more cabbage trees have been protected, as well as the soft release pens being completed.
Saturday was a red-letter day with real gannets consorting with our decoys at Okahau Point. What abundance we enjoyed – there were shags, gulls, gannets, penguins, oyster-catchers and Titi too numerous to count. We have now micro-chipped all chicks bar one in hospital – he needs to fatten up a bit.
Have a great week!
Hello friends and family
Happy New Year!
A big thank you to all the support for my award as a Member of the New Zealand Order of Merit for services to conservation. I heard from people that I had not heard from for over 30 years. It was great, and I enjoyed myself immensely. I was thrilled by the level of support, both local and distant, for the penguins here at the lighthouse.
On New Year’s Eve, after a drink at the Tavern, Jan and I went down the hill to check out the local night life – so many birds live here it is amazing. We saw 8 different species of native birds in great abundance. Wow.
Robbie and Barb came out on New Year’s Day and we did the rounds and worked on the aviary which was mosquito proofed by Thursday. Jan has been coming out between her split shifts and doing the afternoon penguin feed.
Yesterday we micro-chipped another 18 of the chicks. Now we have only 7 left to do. This lot were all a good weight and quite cooperative. We also celebrated Hiltrun’s imminent birthday.
So, we have a new year and our top priority for penguin conservation remains getting some legal protection for the coastal strip between the 2 penguin reserves. As more and more penguin habitat is lost to coastal erosion and more intensive land use, this becomes more important. This needs to happen soon while there are still some penguins left.
Have a great week and an awesome year!