Hello friends and family
The cold weather arrived early this week and so penguins stayed home on Sunday and Monday. Jan and I did the trap round on Monday afternoon and were very pleased to see a juvenile yellow-eyed penguin on the main landing. It looked just fine, and as I had released the last of our young ones over 3 weeks ago, this penguin has clearly learned how to catch fish. This is our hope for the future.
Robbie and I worked on the hospital roof on Tuesday and on Wednesday, Chris, Hiltrun and I went to a meeting with TRONT, TROM and DOC about managing the reserves. They were very nice and gave us lunch. We do get a chance to have our say, so I hope we can change things enough to save the penguins before they are all gone from here.
Robbie returned on Thursday and we planted the gannets. This is a very exciting venture and I will put up a camera tomorrow to see what interactions result. The gulls checked them out at the first opportunity. In the afternoon I made penguin nest boxes. The one we put out last Saturday had been claimed by Monday!
Chris and Hiltrun came up on Friday night in all the holiday traffic. Now that there is snow at the ski fields, the number of visitors here has dropped which makes it a lot quieter. The 2 penguins in care will be released this week and so the hospital will be empty for a while!
Have a great week!