This week at Macquarie Island: 9 August 2019

Public displays of care at Macca


This week we have a bit of a story about caring and looking out for each other.

It all starts for us back in Australia with the people that carry out the selection process and psych evaluations. These people already have an idea that we care, because if we didn’t care, we wouldn’t have turned up for the interview!

On station and in the field it’s all about being kind, tolerant and looking out for each other, keeping ourselves and our fellow expeditioners safe and happy. You know the phrase happy wife, happy life? Well, the same applies on station (tot that we are all married, well some of us are - but not to each other - although, sometimes married couples come down...but anyway, that’s not the case at Macca this season!). I think the selectors got it right for us at Macca this season, it’s a very caring and tolerant group.

Expeditioners are here for various personal reasons but our main purpose is to be safe, look out for each other, maintain the station and take care of the environment. After living on this World Heritage Island for a while you start to notice that we aren’t the only ones who care and are tolerant.

Every day, the wildlife on the island is taking care of business and co-existing with each other. Often it is brutal, mostly it is beautiful…and it’s always unforgettable. Colonies of birds and seals living shoulder to shoulder, getting on with each other, getting on with life.

The following photos will give you an idea of what I mean.

Have a good one


(Building Services Supervisor) 

A brown fluffy King Penguin chick is feeding from the beak of an adult King penguin
King penguin taking care of its chick
(Photo: Pete Layt)
two elephant seals have their snouts up against each other in the water
These juvenile Elephant seals care for each other now but it won't…
(Photo: Pete Layt)
Two men in yellow jackets with backpacks stand with their backs to the camera. one holds a walking stick up in the air
At Macca if an expeditioner is new to any of the tracks…
(Photo: Kat Panjari)
two black and white Cormorants are preening each other under the chin
The Macquarie Island Cormorant takes care of the bits it can't preen…
(Photo: Pete Layt)
Three brown Elephant seal weaners are laying in a triangle shaped stack, two on the bottom, one on top. Another elephant seal lays next to them.
How thoughtful are these Elephant Seal weaners? The little one on top…
(Photo: Pete Layt)
A grey Northern giant petrel with wings stretched up has the wing of a brown King penguin chick in its beak attempting to pull it away from the colony
Such a caring gesture! This Northern Giant Petrel wants to take the…
(Photo: Pete Layt)
A white Giant petrel has its beak in an outstretched wing preening itself
This white morph Southern Giant Petrel is taking care of itself (preening)
(Photo: Pete Layt)
a row of Elephant seals are lined up in front of a rocky outcrop in the morning light. One is scratching its head
A group of Elephant seals sharing their heat steaming in the cold…
(Photo: Pete Layt)
Two men wearing yellow jackets, backpacks are beanies are holding hands looking back at the camera from the crest of a hill.
OK boys, turn around and take care to not tread on any…
(Photo: Kat Panjari)