Well I have been rather quiet on here of late. Have recovered relatively smoothly from the wisdom teeth extraction. Not the most pleasant of ops and looking forward to not having gaping holes at the back of my mouth! Had another quick stint up at the Rena ICC (Incident Command Centre) with the release of our final rehabilitated little blue penguins, and tidying up the last of the Wildlife operations. Standing in as Wildlife Manager this time, and happy to be able to help out and finalise a few things as the Wildlife Response draws to a close.
Have also had the displeasure of transferring everything over to my new iMAC...they make it sound like a migration from a PC to a Mac is so simple! Ha! Perhaps it is if you don't have any files of email! Spent approximately 24 hours transferring my entire email file over manually because Mac Outlook 2011 import function doesn't actually work...it seems to decide randomly which 40% of your email file you might want and doesn't transfer the rest. Oh well, gives us something to do on summer weekends I guess!
So now up early and I'm off northwards to start our annual Three Kings pelagic - we do a four day liveaboard in the Far North from Houhora up to the Three Kings. Last year was an absolute MEGA trip with a NZ first record (collared petrel) as well as a bunch of other good stuff (Tahiti petrel, sooty tern and wedge-tailed shearwater), so we are hoping for good things again this year. Obviously a blog and photos to follow, but for last years trip report take a look at our Trip Reports section. The blog from last year is here also.