Hello friends and family
The week began with unexpected penguins in strange places. Birds are not famous for their intellect, but they have been outsmarting me with some regularity. When I relay the stories of which penguin is keeping company with which, the team think we could write a drama series.
In spite of the antics, most of our penguins have come home to moult. Sadly, we also had an emaciated, unmarked fledgling that died the morning after it arrived.
Four of us did the rounds on Tuesday and we found 4 underweight moulters. Thankfully, we released 2 penguins at the same time, so all was well. The rain held off and it was like walking around in a sauna. It stayed clogged in on Wednesday, but the clouds cleared for Thursday when we were joined by the environmental officers from the Waitaki and Otago regional councils. It is very enjoyable having visitors who understand our motivation and hold wildness in high regard.
Another 2 penguins came into care and 2 more were released. It was quite amusing that we had to wait at a traffic light to get up the hill! The road repairs are almost completed, in spite of them taking Otago anniversary day off on Monday.
On Saturday the seas were Majestic. I have never seen such big waves, rolling in from so far out. I am sure that it has happened before, in a winter storm, but the weather was fine, warm and calm. We picked up Mr and Mrs 139 and released 3 penguins. Mr 303 is due to go today.
Have a great week!