Hello friends and family
The week began with a hiss and a roar with penguins getting sick and a new Fiordland Crested penguin coming into care with damaged feet. The new fish was too small and the dishwasher broke down (again) Oh for a simple life!
The upside was that I saw a pod of at least 10 Hector’s dolphins in the bay. They were playing and flipping and generally lolling about so that cheered me up no end.
By Tuesday we had another chick die in the reserve and a Snares Crested penguin come in from Waikouaiti. Robbie visited on Wednesday and generously offered to help with our work. While he was here we came across a dead Mollymawk that had taken a bait. Instead of removing the hook, the fisherperson just cut the line about a meter from the bird – it died.
We got 60 mm of rain on Thursday which was certainly needed and has not done any damage that I have found yet. I saw every chick here on Friday morning and on my way home I saw Orcas swimming in very close. I was able to point them out to Patrick too – somehow these awesome experiences are even better shared.
Chris and Hiltrun arrived last night and today we will check most of the chicks for their 90-day weight. That is the last we will have to do with them before they fledge.
Have a great week!