Hello friends and family
Winter has continued to be kind to us – days over 10 degrees and times with no wind. On Monday, I even had to mow the lawns – unheard of down here in wintertime.
On Tuesday Margie and Lindsey came out and we released the Juvenile from care. We took him to the Moeraki colony then after lunch, went down the hill here – he was back already! We had gone back down the hill to collect blood samples from female penguins to assess their overall health, to ensure that they are able to produce healthy eggs next month. It is very unusual for us to handle the penguins in winter. It was interesting to learn that the males were all around 6 Kgs and the females only around 5 Kgs.
On Thursday, the team was up to 5 with Jan and Elaine joining us. Elaine did the blood slides while we did the rounds. There were no penguins at home, but the sun was shining, and the sea was roaring. The Spotted Shags are very busy nest building.
On Friday, fortune smiled upon us, and some wonderful people delivered some animal carry boxes to us to use for the penguins. As well as that, one of our major sponsors, Ikaha NZ advised us of another donation.
Hiltrun, Trii and Elaine came out yesterday and we did more tree work in the Moeraki colony. Slowly the reserves are getting prepared for the new season.
Have a great week!