Stewart Island shags having a bit of a goss session.
I've gone a bit crazy with all this time on my hands ... and registered for both NaNoWriMo and NaBloWriMo. This means that I have accepted the challenge to write a novel in a month as well as a daily blog-entry. As I said, I must be crazy.
I'm all trained up at the Albatross Centre and ready to go. Bring it on! All that's needed now is for the albatross parents to lay their eggs and settle down for the long incubation period. The observatory is actually closed at the moment so that the birds can settle down undisturbed. Did you know that albatross (in the main) mate for life, and that both parents share the incubation and rearing of the chick?
The Observatory will be opened again to visitors in late November, once all the eggs have been laid. Albatross Centre staff can then take people through and stun them with interesting facts and background info. on this amazing seabird.
Meanwhile ... I must not fret about not earning much money until that time.
An interesting thing going on at the Centre (and one which can be followed on the website ) is the attachment of satellite transmitters to three fledglings. The transmitters are fixed to the back feathers so that their movements at sea can be followed. The trio includes Toroa, the 500th chick hatched in the colony's 70-year breeding history.
When the young birds leave Taiaroa Head, and providing they survive long-line fishing lines and other dangers and toils, they do not touch land again for about four or five years, when they return to their land of birth and begin to search for a mate. This 'teenage' stage, when they socialise and generally 'look around', takes about three or four years as well.
morning shadows on the harbour
As today is not a workday, I plan get some of my NaNoWriMo novel outline done. Plus write a poem or two. I also want to send some of my recent poems out to various newspapers and magazines.
What I intend to do with the novel material, is re-draft what I started last November. I expect to end up with some more new stuff added to old. I hope also by this process to get some momentum going. The biggest challenge right now is to figure out the p.o.v. First person or third? Or maybe even (keeping it topical) bird's eye view?