Hello friends and family
Hiltrun came up on Sunday and we were able to do the rounds between the showers. We picked up 2 chicks. Chick 139 had lost weight since we uplifted mum and chick 13 was waiting for company before she came in. Both will be fed until fledging at about 100 days old.
On Tuesday, the team came out and we weighed the chicks here. 2 were over 70 days old and under 5 Kg so they came in. We also picked up “Tumble Bum” the chick that had fallen down the hill and never caught back up to its sibling. It was also over 70 days and under 5 Kg. We micro-chipped the last 2 chicks so now all 58 have been done. Elaine has been very busy doing the blood testing.
On Wednesday, Bruce and Noi came up from Dunedin with the children and we met up with Patrick and Nola to progress research into diagnosing and treating Malaria in penguins.
The team got a clear round on Thursday – all chicks accounted for and all up to weight. In the afternoon, Dom and the 2 Dans went surfing in Kakanui with Lindsey. They found him to be an excellent instructor. On Friday we had a meeting with the historic reserve management group. Brian the archaeologist was there with a wealth of interesting information about local history. The catering was so good, I felt obliged to go for a long walk after I got home!
Yesterday was a sunny one and so I focussed on getting outdoor jobs done, while the boys went surfing with Lindsey.
Have a great week