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Studying the marine ecology of the enigmatic Fiordland Penguin
Studying the marine ecology of the enigmatic Fiordland Penguin

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One more week and we'll be back at Jackson Head for a second season of tawaki tracking.

El Niño is in full swing and forecasts predict real nasty weather on the West Coast. Who knows, perhaps we'll see as spectacular penguin landings like we did back on the Snares ten years ago...

Anyhow, next post will (hopefully) come from the field. Stay tuned!

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Oh dear, we're running out of cool videos to post! But, hey, only #FiveWeeksToGo

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Holy moly! Time surely flies! It's August which means tawaki are back in their colonies and have started their incubating business. Soon, we'll join them again! #SixWeeksToGo

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In exactly eight weeks time, we'll be doing this again on a daily basis. Can't wait! ‪#‎EightWeeksToGo‬

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I'm wondering whether those two might pair up this season. We'll keep an eye out for them once we're back at Jackson Head. #NineWeeksToGo

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It's July and tawaki numbers start to pick-up again. Socialising, fighting, courting are the birds' main activities after their non-breeding trips to the South Pacific and Southern Indian Ocean over the last three or four months.

Only 2 1/1 months until the start of the second season of the Tawaki Project. Jackson Head & Milford Sound... see you soon!

In the meantime, follow their example and grab a snack.

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The Southern Alps are shrouded in thick clouds. And of course the day we plan to do a recce trip to Harrison Cove in Milford Sound the road is closed due to snow fall last night.

D'oh!
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Absolutely awesome and duly deserved! Keep up the good work, guys! So looking forward to continue to to work with the West Coast Trust!!

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I don't like where they predict the epicenter of the next massive #earthquake in NZ! http://ow.ly/MA5hm
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Just a bit more than 2 months out of their egg shells and tawaki fledglings are about to embark on a tough, year long journey into the big blue. No wonder they take all the time they can get before taking the dip.
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