This young pair is back in their old box and have two eggs. They raised one chick last season and now have the experience to raise two - provided both eggs hatch of course.
This box was sponsored by Morgan's family for a young man who loved penguins. His name sake is now breeding here after building a huge nest and is proudly sitting on his two eggs. His mate was the first one to lay eggs this season and the chicks are due on about 24 October.
This box was one of the first sponsored and it has found favour again this season with this old experienced pair. They move around a bit in the colony and have settled on this one for the season and now have eggs.
These two were breeding next door in Flipper Palace last year and raised a couple of chicks. They have moved to the bigger box this season and have two eggs. While they are both still quite young, they are now breeding with each other for the third time making beautiful babies!
The egg laying continues at Moeraki and we now have 34 pairs with eggs. Lesley is back in her old box with her old mate and has eggs now. Great to see her!
When you want to breed you gotto go shopping. This male yellow-eyed penguin has selected an excellent cabbage tree leaf and is on his way back to the nest to make a beautiful bowl for his mate to lay the eggs.
We have 21 pairs on eggs now - many are still waiting for the second one. Last season we had 38... so it's an excellent and promising start but a wee way to go yet - but it's still early days. We'll have updates and photos of sponsored adults and boxes next week .....promise.
The egg laying continues at Moeraki and among the first ones is the pair that last year was breeding in this box. They now have two eggs.
We are busy finding more and more of our birds and we will be reporting about any sponsored adults and boxes as we find them. So far it's looking really positive and especially the females had a good survival rate!
There are many nest boxes in our penguin colony - many more than we have pairs so that the penguins can freely choose which one they like the best. So some boxes are not used one year and are occupied again in another. This box was one of our first ones to be sponsored and although the name is fading in the weather, it can still be read. Thank you Penny for supporting us!
We have our first eggs at Moeraki! This is very early. The first out the gate is Morgan and his mate with their brand new egg this morning! Congratulations!