Hello friends and family.
Crazy weather and late penguins have made for another quiet start to the week. Getting some rain most days is very unusual here and the plants are loving it. As well as a weather roller coaster this week, it has been an emotional one too.
During the week we heard about the serious decline of penguin nest numbers in the south. It is heart-breaking to hear that these beautiful creatures are disappearing so fast. Our proportion of the survivors on the mainland is moving from 20% to 25%. Visitors still have uncontrolled access to them here. Please vote for Yellow-eyed penguins in the Bird of the Year competition – prove that we do care about them.
Then on Friday I got a phone call to say that the authorities have given us permission to continue our penguin work and the permit will be competed next week. It was such a weight lifted off my shoulders. It took them from 15 July to 1st November to get to this point. I will be even happier when it is in my hands!
We have continued candling the eggs and can report that the pattern of very high fertility continues. We will compete that task today.
Have a great week!