Hello friends and family
I am continuing with my mission to get all the seedlings potted up ready to sit over summer and only need watering. The weather has been great for this – the garden is sheltered from the wind so is a pleasant place to work.
We weighed the Katiki chicks on Tuesday and they are all making good progress. At the nest that had blood the previous week, the chick had a puncture wound on its head. It is doing fine, but we have put a camera out and a trap nearby. The Kawariki chicks have caught up and so no longer need supplementary feeding.
More dramas on Thursday! The chicks are now coming out of their boxes which is much kinder on the nose, but one of the younger chicks was post-guard. Sometimes new parents do miscommunicate and both parents go fishing but it is not safe for the chick. We were very pleased when they finally came home. It was also a day of non-parent penguins to stay home and check out the neighbourhood to see if any new penguins have turned up.
On Saturday, Jan and I weighed the chick with the puncture wound and he has not gained any weight. I will start supplementary feeding him today.
Have a great week