Hello friends and family Happy birthday Gavin
On Sunday, Jan, her mum, Dan and I went to Orakunui to enjoy the bird life and it was wonderful. The cold southerly that has been a theme this week was in full force, but we were able to escape into the forest. After lunch Dan walked down to the bottom gate and we picked him up there before heading back to feed penguins.
Jan and I did the rounds on Monday. On Tuesday Dan and I went to visit Margaret and Rodney who were both in fine form and on Wednesday morning Dan did the Toptip shop for me while I was trained to take blood from penguins to run our Malaria screening programme. Lisa and Lizzie from the Dunedin wildlife hospital came up and so too did a film crew from Dunedin. They were very helpful.
On Thursday morning I took Dan to the bus and Jan, Robbie and I were joined by Hamish to do the rounds on Thursday. We found our fist skinny chick this year. It has a very inexperienced young mum and was losing weight. It has joined the other 11 chicks in rehab.
In the afternoon Anne and Pascal arrived. They are a young French couple who are touring the world, making videos to support conservation. We have asked them to record the coastal strip, so we have the resource to support our efforts to get it protected.
Yesterday Hamish’s article was published https://www.odt.co.nz/regions/north-otago/vigilance-paying-colony Once again he has represented the situation well.
Have a great week!