Hello friends and family
The week got off to a slow start – light drizzle for the day on Sunday and such a short day on Monday! We did the rounds on Tuesday and Robbie came out on Wednesday to clear some trees.
On Thursday we only found happy adult penguins at home and in the afternoon, the sun came out. Even better, 150 kg of fish arrived after we had tidied up the freezer. All good.
Yesterday we did the rounds and saw a juvenile in an unusual place, so we beeped it and weighed it. It was 10103, the chick from the Bluffs! It weighed 5.4 Kg and is doing just fine. Hiltrun took the dog attack victim to the Dunedin Wildlife hospital on her way home.
30th June marks the end of the 2020/21 season. It was the best for many years. All the hard work of our dedicated team of volunteers came together for the penguins and we fledged 60 chicks from 45 nests using all the tools to hand – fostering, treating at the nest, hand raising and soft release. We all do it for the penguins, who can be very ungrateful at times.
Yesterday when I released Mr 30 after his Malaria treatment he crowed and crowed, with great gusto – I thought he was saying thank you – no – Mrs 30 was at home and so he was just saying “honey I’m home”!
Have a great week!