This week at the station

This week at Davis: 21 December 2012

Trip south - the wonderful wildlife

The trip south to Davis on the Aurora Australis this year was relatively smooth, by Southern Ocean standards, with great weather for photography. For one expeditioner (nickname: Horse and a photography tragic) the trip presented an opportunity of a life time. The wildlife that followed the ship was outstanding, especially the birds. Royal, wandering, black-browed and sooty albatross along with Antarctic, cape, giant and snow petrels. This week's edition of the station news highlights some of Horse’s favourite photographs of the journey.

A black-browed Albatross in full flight
Black-browed albatross
(Photo: Horse)
Royal albatross skimming the water as it flies over
Royal albatross
(Photo: Horse)
A giant southern petrel following the ship
Giant petrel
(Photo: Horse)
A beautiful sooty albatross folloiwng the ship
Sooty albatross
(Photo: Horse)
A photo showing the size difference between the large giant southern petrel and the much smaller snow petrel
A giant southern petrel and a snow petrel
(Photo: Horse)
A Snow petrel in full flight floowing the ship
Snow petrel
(Photo: Horse)
An Antarctic petrel just of the ships side
Antarctic petrel
(Photo: Horse)


As always, the icebergs did not disappoint. Horse was again able to capture their awesome beauty. Horse’s skill with the camera has put him in great demand for advice from his fellow expeditioners. He is very happy to share his skills with others.

Several small ice bergs, some of the first sen on the journey south
One of the first icebergs below 60 degrees south
(Photo: Horse)
Large icebergs sen from the ship approcahing Davis
Great icebergs coming into Davis waters
(Photo: Horse)
An iceberg with its reflection on the water
More great bergs near Davis
(Photo: Horse)
A view of icebergs out the front of Davis station taken from the living quarters verandah
View of the icebergs taken from Davis station verandah
(Photo: Horse)

Davis at last

After nearly two weeks on board the ship, we finally arrived at Davis. Excitement was paramount as Davis finally came into view with many of the expeditioners standing on the deck and braving the cold as the ship slowly tracked its way through the icebergs to Davis.

Expeditioners standing on the ships deck as Davis comes into view
The first view of Davis
(Photo: Bill DeBruyn)

Stretching the legs

After so long on the ship, hikers have been keen to get out and stretch their legs with a number of groups heading up to Law Cairn (via Dingle Road) and Marchant’s Landing. An early morning or late afternoon stroll are proving to be quite popular. This does not include all the travel and survival training which still needs to be undertaken.

A group of six expeditioners going out for their first walk since arrival at Davis
Marchant's Landing hikers - (L to R) Mark, Patricia, Seamus, Dave, Dick…
(Photo: Horse)
Two expeditioners psoing for a photo near Lake Dingle
Horse and Seamus walking out towards Lake Dingle
(Photo: Horse)