Hello friends and family
We are moving into the hard yards for self–isolation and it gets stranger by the day. On Sunday we got a call from a lady at the north end of Waianakarua who saw a penguin with an injured foot. I asked Robbie to uplift it and he was so pleased to meet this caring lady and then very concerned when a local told him that the penguin had been there for 4 days. To us this is callous, but to the local it is business as usual. The penguin is currently fighting for its life.
On Tuesday the team did the monitoring round and it is such a pleasure to see the penguins able to behave as normal. At this time of the year, they can relax and socialize. The beach is criss – crossed with footprints as they gather and disperse as the whim takes them. They play at the waters edge before taking off like bullets into the surf. How cool is that?
On Thursday, most of the penguins were out fishing and the sight of 4 predated Titi chicks was somewhat balanced by catching 2 more Ferrets. Robbie planted 3 Kakabeak shrubs and found that the ground is still too dry for any big planting efforts. Anne brought us a feed of mushrooms so that was just excellent!
I am slowly making my way through the list of jobs around the place. Doing 5 loads of rocks a day is too much so I will cut it down to 4. Today is my grocery trip and it will be the first time I have left the place for a week. I have been able to catch up with the family on Zoom which is awesome!
Have a great week!