This week at Macquarie Island: 11 January 2019

Holiday happenings on Macca

Macca holiday update in pictures

Two ellie seals on the beach at Macca  with superimposed Christmas Hats
A Macca Christmas - hope you all had a great time over…
(Photo: Angus Cummings)
A decorated Christmas tree at Macca with presents underneath on Christmas Eve
Secret Santa pressies under the tree
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
Santa arriving on his sleigh in Market Square on Macquarie Island
Santa arriving on his sleigh in Market Square
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
Mel sitting on Santa's lap with her gift on Christmas Day at Macca
Mel receives gift from Santa
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
The table set for Christmas Dinner at Macca
The table set for Christmas Dinner
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
Tim, Ali and Annie wear their Christmas cracker lips
Christmas Cracker fun
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
Yummy desserts served up on Christmas Day at Macca
The all important dessert table!
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
The party lights on in the Mess at Macca for New Years Eve
And then it was New Years Eve - first the nibbles and…
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
Danielle in costume using the glow stick as a microphone
Our singing cockroach
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
Macca expeditioners dancing the year away on New Years Eve
Dancing the night away
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)

Cute but feisty

Our first Fur Seal pup count took place over the New Year break. Each January, the Tasmanian Parks and Wildlife Service ranger team (and assorted volunteers) conduct 3 weekly counts to keep an eye on the breeding success of various species of ‘furries’ around the beaches on North Head.

Fur Seals were hunted to annihilation on Macquarie Island in the early 1800s (an estimated 200,000 were killed). They kept their distance until returning to the island in the mid-1950s and are making a slow but steady recovery. This week’s count netted well over 300 pups (all 10/10 on the cuteness scale).

The only problem is their doting parents are rather territorial. Run!

A family group of fur seals in the sun on Macca
A family portrait in the sun
(Photo: Cathryn O'Sullivan)
A male Antarctic fur seal in his prime, presiding over his harem on Macquarie Island
A male Antarctic fur seal in his prime, presiding over his harem.…
(Photo: Cathryn O'Sullivan)
A female fur seal feeding her pup on the beach on Macquarie Island
Dinner time after a hard day on the beach
(Photo: Cathryn O'Sullivan)
A fur seal pup just out of the sea having a scratch
Fresh from a paddle and setting up a nice wee napping spot…
(Photo: Cathryn O'Sullivan)
A closeup of a fur seal pup
Such a poser but impossible not to love
(Photo: Cathryn O'Sullivan)
A fur seal pup trying to climb on a rock with its mother
Not enough room for two on the rock
(Photo: Cathryn O'Sullivan)

Met's awkward teenager

Our fluffy little skua chick living in the Met enclosure has now become an awkward gangly teenager......

A skua chick in the Met enclosure at Macca begging from its parents
This chick has now perfected the art of getting food from its…
(Photo: Vicki Heinrich)
A skua chick in the Met enclosure with wings outstretched
The skua chick trying out its wings
(Photo: Ali Dean)