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!