Hello friends and family
Once again, the week began with great weather. I picked fruit, cut hedges and relaxed for a couple of days. On Tuesday, we released 9 penguins and picked up one chick. There were 2 White flippered penguins fishing in the bay with terrible feathers so many trips were made down to see if they had come ashore. Finally, Chris, Hiltrun and I went down after dinner and rescued one of them. The watch is on for the other.
Wednesday was our day to attend the Hui about managing the reserve. It was a pleasant meeting and the group acknowledged my MNZM with a beautiful book which I really appreciate.
The team was slow out of the starting block on Thursday which was a good thing – we saw a pod of at least 100 dolphins playing off the headland. It is not often that we see such a large number and usually they are travelling or fishing. These ones were playing, leaping and we were able to watch them for a long time before they moved off. We then carried on and did the monitoring rounds. We picked up 2 penguins and released 8.
One of the penguins that we picked up was Mrs 43. One of her chicks had died with Malaria and her partner had been picked up the week before and treated for Malaria. She is a high-risk bird. On Friday, Elaine and I ran one of the Malaria test kits, and she tested positive. She is now being treated.
Chris and Hiltrun arrived last night and we will be doing the rounds today.
Have a great week!