We don't get to see the penguins much these days. During the day they are out fishing and even in the evenings not many come ashore. This is normal behaviour and we delighted with the condition of the penguins. They appear to be doing just fine!
This wee girl is a chick from this past season, raised by Odd Simen and Butterbell and she has come back. She was not feeling very well and was a little on the skinny side but she clearly had learnt how to catch fish. She had an infection she was treated for, was released but was back within a a week with a sore throat. She remembered how to eat nicely and after she was well again, she was released again. The main thing is she knows how to catch fish and she knows where to go when she is feeling unwell. See you round, little one! And well done.
We don't see so many of these and when we do they are usually in trouble. These wee guy came to us in early May and was not only in an unsafe place but really, really late with his moult. They are such gentle creatures and so polite. Please excuse the wobbles in the video, it ain't easy to manoeuvre a fish into the bird while also holding a camera!!
is Pompey's mate and where they bred they are unfortunately exposed to careless dog owners. The chicks tend to hide in the bushes and were safe, but we found Harry on the foreshore and so collected him up for his own safety to moult in rehab. The plan was to find Pompey as well and bring her in, but we never found her. Chances are she moulted somewhere else - she does tend to wander a bit.
She was out in the open on this day but her mate was around there somewhere. She certainly looked appropriately fat for the start of the moult.
She was almost done with her moult on this day and was busy sleeping when we walked past - yes, standing up. They don't sleep that deeply so we tiptoe around them trying not the wake and alarm them. Her new feathers certainly looked very nice!
and her mate moulted in their favourite spot out in the open where they can catch the breeze overlooking the ocean. Didn't move much from there but they were together and that mattered the most.
These two bred in Spitefire Rise box but moulted elsewhere. They are now claiming it back since they finished their moult and hang out with each other.
And her mate often moult near this contraption. We built it one year on top of a cliff because it looked like they might have wanted to build their nest there and we were worried about the drop to the beach next to it and the clumsy chicks they might have. We called it the McLedge box (like McMansion....). It would do the trick to keep the chicks safe, but they usually move back into the forest - it's Bitty, the female obviously that has the last say as she lays the eggs and they can't be moved once laid (well, not by them anyway)!
Like many pairs this season these two had overlap but Hollie was way ahead. She was slightly skinny and he might have looked fat but not quite enough. We keep them together in the pen in rehab so they have company and the pair bond is not interrupted.