Hello friends and family
Another busy month has gone by and penguins keep arriving and leaving. We picked up 4 on Tuesday. 2 chicks have returned, and 2 moulted females are too thin to thrive. The big weather event passed us by – we only got 1 mm of rain, just enough to be slippery but not enough to keep the plants growing. It was warm for the first half of the week so the cooler day on Wednesday was a bit of a relief.
On Thursday we released 8 penguins and brought in 4 skinny ones, including a White Flippered pre-moulter who has been swimming in the bay for about a week. We weighed another 3 that were 7 Kg going into the moult which is Okay. All of this is taking most of our day, and the weeds are making the most of the temporary reprieve!
I have been buying some clothes on the internet and am challenged with size. Even measuring includes a few assumptions like – pockets in the trousers! I will probably never learn and who cares how much leg is tucked into your gumboots!
Hiltrun came up on Friday night and on Saturday, after the rounds, we did a bit of an audit – we have seen most of our breeders in the last month, so we are very happy and relieved about that.
The terns are such a pleasure to see!
Have a great week!