Sally - continued
When we soft-release yellow-eyed penguins the idea is that they are fed in the pens in the penguin colony for a week so they meet the locals, get used to the place and hopefully remember that there is food to be had here if they are in trouble.
Sally appears to have learnt this lesson rather well. While her "cell" mate got the idea after a couple of days after the pen gates were opened, Sally is still around and enthusiastically gobbling food we give her. Here she is trying to elbow out an adult who seems to have similar ideas. We are not worried that she will never leave. We have encountered her looking wet (no rain) in the morning and believe she takes dips in the water and may even leave for a few hours but so far she is always there when it's feeding time. Clever girl! Instincts will kick in soon and she will be off!