Hello friends and family
I have my tomatoes planted! The potatoes are in as well and the grass is growing. The temperatures are hovering in the low teens. Most of the penguins have settled down to brood their eggs but some are fighting with the neighbours and others are not sure what they are supposed to be doing!
On Monday I went to town for some more rabbit fencing and enjoyed the scenery on the way. Some of the lambs have already had their tails removed and once this happens they grow up so fast. In the afternoon I released the Crested penguin and was pleased to see that we have our (Doug’s) first lamb. By Tuesday it had a friend.
As I was leaving for town, I noticed an object in the lovely new gateway to the reserve. When I checked it out, I was very concerned to see that it was an unsupervised camp cooker. I do hope that the entrance way has been insured!
Chris and Hiltrun came up on Tuesday and we did monitoring rounds and planted more trees and ferns. They returned on Friday and we “candled” the early eggs to see if they are developing correctly. All but 2 of them appeared to be healthy. All the eggs were returned to their nests and we now have advanced notice of 2 possible fostering opportunities.
Two of the returned Juveniles that we have seen in the colony are chicks from the same nest.
They both had diphtheria so seeing them again is doubly sweet.
Have a great week!