He came back with a large bag of clams that he had dug up while he was away. Lunch was clams and penguin egg omelette. I see people getting up in arms WHAT penguin egg omelette!!!!! Let me reassure you that the collecting of penguin eggs is regulated with licences issued. We personally only collect enough to share between family and friends. They are collected straight after the first laying, the penguins will then lay again within a matter of days much like a hen. The eating of penguin eggs is fast becoming a thing of the past. At one time they were collected in great numbers and pickled by families and where a vital part of their diets. Now very few eggs find there way into Stanley so our younger generation in many cases will not even have tried them. This year there was a penguin census and all the colonies of Gentoos in the islands were counted. We counted all the rookeries on our islands and numbers are up by thousands since the last census. The Gentoos have all now hatched. It was pleasing to see nearly all the birds had two healthy chicks.
After lunch we went for a run in the vehicle to look at the cattle. It has been a good season for them and they are all in good condition. We then decided to go around the coast to look at the Sea Lion pups. They have also had a good season with plenty of pups. It was nice to see 5 elephant seal hauled up on the beach also. Decided to head back home and turn the sheep in on the way as the fog had lifted. Found lots of wild mushrooms, the flat headed variety and button ones. Nice collecting mushrooms here because they don't get the little maggots and you can collect them at any time of day and they will still be good.
|Freshly picked wild mushrooms|
|Freshly dug clams|
|Sea lions and their pups|
|The pups are the little black chaps|