It’s been a month full of feathers for the Academy’s colony! Fifteen out of seventeen of our birds have completed their yearly molts and look sleek and shiny. Homey (blue-banded female) is finishing up her molt while her mate Pierre (blue-banded male) is showing signs of getting started. Some of you have expressed concern about Homey’s appearance; Homey has always been a funny molter and tends to lose and replace her feathers in a pattern different from the rest. Her feathers are growing in just fine and we expect her new feathers to be all grown in by the end of this week. Please see the photo below for an up-close look at her progress:
Pierre’s appearance is also worth noticing. He’s been eating significantly more than usual over the past couple of weeks and has really been bulking up. Over the past few days his feathers have started loosening up and we just removed his wing-band this afternoon. Keep an eye on the penguin cams over the next few weeks to follow his progress through the molting process.