Hello friends and family
Summer has been kind to us so far, but after the injured penguin last week, I felt the need to check the beaches every second day to make sure we did not have any more out there suffering. I was so pleased when walking past Tickle bay to see a moulter on the sand, under a bush. I was doubly surprised to see it had gone the next day, Tuesday, when we went to check it.
We searched everywhere to no avail. I felt the need to show the photo I had taken to prove my claim. Oh, what a surprize – it was a Tawaki! If I had checked when I took the photo, I would have checked it out then and there!
The heat wave arrived on Thursday and while I was away rescuing another Tawaki, the team found the missing one – from zero to two! By the end of the rounds, they were exhausted with the heat!
They brought in two more chicks that were losing weight and took the first 4 fledglings to soft release. Still no signs of moulters or other struggling penguins.
Yesterday I did the rounds in the morning. Because we are feeding chicks in soft release, I take the car to the Moeraki colony so that makes for an easy monitoring round, even though it is so hot!
In the afternoon, Elaine came and completed the blood staining so we could read the slides of all the chicks screened. We also took blood from the Tawaki – one has Leucocytozoonosis.
Today I am off on an adventure, hosting friends off a cruise ship in Dunedin Harbour.
Have a great week!