Hello friends and family
Excitement continues as more and more penguins show an interest in breeding. On Tuesday we identified a couple of penguins that have not been breeders before, in nests getting into the action. It was a glorious morning. but the weather turned wintery in the afternoon, so we were very fortunate to enjoy sunshine on the morning. We were able to walk some of the beach that the team had not walked before. The colours were amazing, and the wave action has worn the rocks into smooth curves.
On Wednesday, the weather was so bad I cleaned out the fridge, but Thursday morning was pleasant enough and so doing the monitoring round was a pleasure. More penguins at home, and some wife-swaps are happening. At this time of the season, the noblest personal trait is patience. Seeing all of the southern females return, make this a lot easier.
Yesterday we did the rounds and observed another pair here and 2 more at the Moeraki colony that have returned to breed. This means that we have seen 2/3 of our females returned.
Two pairs are thinking about nesting under a flax bush. Let’s hope that this spring rain persuades them to shift into a nice, dry nesting box!
Have a great week!