Thursday, July 9, 2009

Wild Time on the Explorer & at the Aquarium

Captain Thomas Offutt was quick with a camera aboard the River Gorge Explorer yesterday. These deer were seen by passengers along the water's edge on Williams Island. At about the same time, two of the young osprey chicks were seen on the shore taking a bath. Apparently wildlife viewing has been abundant this week. Naturalist John Dever reports sighting four egrets and a bald eagle on one excursion earlier this week. Everyone seems to really enjoy the Sunset Special cruises. One guest e-mailed to let everyone know how relaxing and enjoyable the sunset cruise was last Friday evening.

The macaroni baby penguin continues to rapidly grow. At the last weigh-in, it topped the scale at over two pounds. Amy Graves said they will have to use a larger scale for the next weigh-in. We also have two new eggs. Zeus and Pebbles, a gentoo pair, have two eggs in their nest now. Amy Graves also said that Nipper and Flower have suddenly started building a nest together. And apparently Flower has been sitting in that nest quite a bit lately. So the question is.....will there soon be two more eggs in "Penguins' Rock?" If so, there could be a.....little Nipper or two on the way.

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