Hello friends and family
The big news is that we have no pre-fledge chicks left here – the last batch are in soft release soon to be on their way to sea. They are being replaced by underweight pre-moulters that are coming in too light to survive the moult safely.
This has been a week where fish supply has dominated my concerns. A load due last Friday did not arrive until Wednesday – 5 days of anxiety that I don’t need. I have spare fish – I can rationalise that there will be no hungry penguins on my watch, but once it arrives, the overwhelming sense of relief is undeniable. And then I order more!
The fish is working its magic and the penguins are swelling up into the moult. They leave the munchies behind and may or may not eat – they choose!
With 10 pre-fledge chicks into soft release on Thursday, of course – Friday lunchtime I pick up a “fail to fledge” chick that had come back. This is its second return. It will go eventually, in the meantime, we will feed it up again.
We now have 28 YEPs here, plus 4 White flippered penguins and the Fiordland Crested penguin.
Things are calming down.
Have a great week!