Difference in timing
This moulting season we have noticed a difference in the timing of the moult of our yellow-eyed penguin breeding pairs. The males are already well into moult before the females show up. Here is a pair with this obvious difference. In fact she struggled with the weight and needed a little top-up in our rehab facility along with a number of other females whose partners were already done and had gone to sea. It is important for the pair bond that they moult together but not at the risk of losing one of them. So a week or 10 days of salmon sees them right and then they can be reunited with their mates - hopefully pair bond intact.