Craig explores the east coast
I was fortunate enough to be Chris’ assistant for a couple of days trekking along the southern east coast. We were photographing king penguin chicks so that they can be counted and compared with previous seasons. Our other task was to locate Northern and Southern giant petrel colonies in preparation for the annual survey of these birds which will take place next month.
We rested up at Waterfall Bay hut before continuing the following day to Hurd Point at the southern end of the island. Overnight snowfall made for some great scenery and easier walking through the tussock. We arrived at Lusitania Bay to the site of thousands of king penguin chicks. It was a daunting task for Chris to try and photograph them all as I took notes. Luckily for us though it is still early in the season as this site is home to an estimated 100,000 birds at the peak of breeding. It is easy to see why this was the spot chosen for an oiling works back in the 1800s.
The afternoon was spent negotiating some spectacular coastline on our way to Hurd point hut where we were met by Josh and Clive (see previous story). Some award winning bread was baked and some ‘creative’ Scrabble played to round out a top day.
By Craig George