this pair did so well this summer raising Portia and we found them under their favourite moulting bush, fat and happy - although slightly scruffy.
He is trouble. He was in rehab being underweight for the stage of the moult where he was and had to come in for a top up. None too impressed he jumped out of his enclosure and was roaming the corridor checking out the other patients. He did not stay with us for long, he was keen to go find Anna!
She had to moult by herself - and earlier than her mate Stewie Junior - because he had to come into rehab. However, she is just fine, fat enough and healthy, albeit a little scruffy looking at the time of the photo.
and her mate were back to moult where they had raised Fluffy and they too did not time it perfectly. One of them is much more advanced than the other - it appears to be a bit of a feature this season with the females coming in early and the males a wee bit later. Not to worry, these two were just fine.
We didn't get to see much of these two this past breeding season because they unfortunately lost their chick. So they had the summer off but here they are back for the moult and although they did not time it perfectly they found each other which is the main thing.
She is an old girl and she came down hard with Malaria while they were raising Felien. Rio was breeding for the first time so we didn't want to leave it to him to raise Felien and brought Felien into rehab - just as well as it turned out he had Malaria as well. It took Rio's mate ages to come right: the photo on the left is from 20 February, she was quite well again but no sign of wanting to moult. She finally got the munchies and we were able to put her into our Malaria tent weighing 8.2kg on 21 March and the right photo was taken on 2 April: almost ready to be released and find Rio again! Phew, she was a tough one but she's alive to hopefully breed again!
is such a handsome boy, freshly moulted and GORGEOUS. He is all ready for his mate to come back from rehab.
These two are just about finished with their moult and have moved down the hill a wee bit and were hanging out at Rio's place "Familie Carlier-Hens" box. It is unlikely they get to stay in it, but Rio is out at sea fishing and (at the time of the photo) his mate has finally started to moult in rehab after a bout of Malaria.
This chubby couple have recently been sponsored. They have now returned to moult and appeared to have had no problem putting on the extra weight to make it safely through the four week fasting!
She is Pyne's mate and she decided to moult in a spot where she was going to be harassed by people during this sensitive time. So we took her away and parked her in our mosquito-proof tent with a youngster to sit out the moult. This way she is safe on both counts and hopefully we will see her raising a family next season!