This week at Macquarie Island: 26 July 2019

Explore Macca through the eyes of the expeditioners who call it home

Through the aperture of a lens

One focus of many expeditioners is that of photography.

This week, Andrea with the assistance of Mark B, put together a collection of photographs for our first Macca Photo Night. A call was made for five photographs from each expeditioner. Anything they thought was interesting, different, funny or great memories - a display of what they like to focus on, when looking through the lens. Below are a few photos of the great collection - enjoy.

Cameras and phones were once again lunged for on Thursday, mid station meeting. With Kat Station Leader stopping mid-sentence to relay a scene she was seeing unfold out the window across the table.

A Hooker Sea Lion bowling along at a great speed past the closed gate. A Gentoo penguin at the gate, willing it to open to seek refuge.

With a scraping of chairs, and rapid exit from the mess, expeditioners ran to the fence to watch unfold what was the course of nature. A hungry Hooker Sea Lion and a Gentoo penguin standing up as bravely as it could in the last minutes of its life.  A rather colourful scene unfolded.

The following day, a similar event unfolded with expeditioners viewing the Hooker Sea Lion, take on a larger meal of a little fur seal. Again, nature plays out.

(Ed note: While it is nature, the photos of these two events are too gruesome to share here.) 

It is a great reminder for us all travelling back and forth over the Isthmus.

The other night, I looked like some sort of commando on my way to the MET office in the dark. Two torches, one head-torch, one hand held, two radios (one on its way to be recharged at work) and one walking pole (self-defence device!). I practised my manoeuvres as I walked. Like a one sided fencing duel. I hope no one was watching, including one Mr Hooker Sea Lion himself. 

Last but not least, the team has been busy with some routine maintenance and checks. As part of the plumbing maintenance program, amongst many other things, the pump house, and hydrants are regularly checked.

Today we checked the pressure of the hydrant the most distant from the pump house. It is a great opportunity for members of the fire team to get hands on practice. So, each month we attempt to have another two members involved. One to start up the pump house and put 'water on' and another to open and close the hydrant. 

This week we also acknowledged the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing and a full moon, with our own interpretive art piece, The Dish.

Until next week, warmest wishes to all from us here on Macca. 

Ashleigh Wilson, MET Observer 

An elephant seal is hiding behind green blowing tussock, only its nostrils can be seen
Can you spot the garden gnome in the tussock?
(Photo: Ashleigh Wilson)
A colony of black and white Gentoo penguins are lined up on tussock grass with large waves and rocky outcrops behind them
Gentoos against the west coast elements
(Photo: Doug McVeigh)
A fur seal is standing very close to and looking sideways at a Cormorant on a rocky outcrop
A Macca conversation "...so the Cormorant says to the fur seal..."
(Photo: Mark Baker)
An elephant seal on its back in the water raises its webbed finger like limbs in a prayer position
Elephant seal praying for the preservation of its habitat?
(Photo: Pete Layt)
King penguins line up in an arc shape with their shadows in the foreground
The shadow Kings
(Photo: Mark Grainger)
A Southern rockhopper penguin stands in a cave it has red eyes and a yellow side crest on each side of its head.
The red eye of a Southern rockhopper penguin
(Photo: Pete Layt)
a mand stands in front of a red fire hydrant with water spurting out of it
Shane calls water on!
(Photo: Ashleigh Wilson)
A bright full moon appears from behind dark clouds reflecting on the water
A full moon moment
(Photo: Ashleigh Wilson)
A sculpture in the shape of a satellite dome has been made out of pots and tin foil
The Dish
(Photo: Kat Panjari)