Hello friends and family
It is now so dry that we have started intensive watering of our new trees. Last winter we waited for the rain and ended up not planting much at all, so this year we are planting regardless of rainfall and will just keep the tap on!
On Saturday we opened the soft release pen and by Monday, one of the chicks had gone. The other was slower out of the colony and did not leave so we brought it back in on Thursday. A blood test revealed a bacterial infection. I released a little penguin on Tuesday so was down to only 2 in care.
On Thursday we picked up an adult female that was only 3.5 Kg. Blood tests showed both a bacterial infection and Malaria. She will be with us for a few weeks to get back up to a normal weight. Robbie arrived with some plants from the Yellow-eyed penguin Trust nursery – thank you so much YEPT!
On Friday we got a new chick in. It weighs only 2.9 Kg, has Malaria and a bacterial infection. We will do our best for it. Yesterday Hiltrun and Elaine came to do some clearing in the Moeraki colony. Hiltrun brought up another trailer load of trees. The weather was glorious and the sea beautiful. It was the day that I completed a run of 1000 days playing a game on my phone called FLOW. I only play the daily free puzzle and this milestone reflects how dull things can be around here because I still enjoy it!
Have a great week!