This week at Macquarie Island

  • The inner wall under construction

    17 September 2010

    The new main power house continues towards completion, the Sandy Bay boardwalk is designed, the northern giant petrel census is completed and animals return to the Island for spring. The new main power house continues towards completion, the Sandy Bay boardwalk is designed, the northern giant petrel census is completed and animals return to the Island for spring. …

  • Macquarie Island station under snow

    This Week at Macquarie Island 10 September 2010

    The weather, a constant talking point here, once again ran the full gamut: rain, sunshine, wind, fog, snow and frost, with the water supply pipes mercifully freezing up for only a few hours. Back in force are the skuas, in good time to enjoy the bonanza of food that appears during spring. The weather, a constant talking point here, once again ran the full gamut: rain, sunshine, wind, fog, snow and frost, with the water supply pipes mercifully freezing up for only a few hours. Back in force are the skuas, in …

  • Walkers dwarfed by the grandeur of Green Gorge basin

    3 September 2010

    For once the fickle Macca weather smiled on us we took advantage of it. For a few days we had light winds and even some sunshine. Several people returned from down-island trips, taken for both work reasons and recreation. The last leg of the return journey was obstructed on one day by our playful visiting young Hooker’s sea-lion. For once the fickle Macca weather smiled on us we took advantage of it. For a few days we had light winds and even some sunshine. Several people returned from down-island trips, taken for both work reasons and recreation. The …

  • Greg and Clint at Lusitania Bay

    27 August 2010

    Several expeditioners spent some time at Lusitania Bay before the area is closed to recreational travel to minimise disturbance to breeding birds. The main attraction was the king penguin colony, with its thousands of brown chicks and attendant, smartly plumaged adults. Even though numbers are not yet at their seasonal maximum, the colony was still an awesome sight (and smell!). Several expeditioners spent some time at Lusitania Bay before the area is closed to recreational travel to minimise disturbance to breeding birds. The main attraction was the king penguin colony, with its thousands of brown chicks and attendant, smartly plumaged adults. …

  • Jamie and Martin examine a dead rabbit  all part of Macca field training!

    20 August 2010

    Work has now resumed in earnest following the rush of the recent voyage, and the rest, recovery and tidying away that followed. All the newcomers have already completed their field training, and work programs are in full swing. Work has now resumed in earnest following the rush of the recent voyage, and the rest, recovery and tidying away that followed. All the newcomers have already completed their field training, and work programs are in full swing. …

  • Porthole view of Macquarie Island

    13 August 2010

    Although the postponement of the pest eradication project because of the windiest winter ever recorded was a disappointment to us all, there was a great deal to celebrate and of which to be proud. With the arrival and departure of Aurora Australis we were saying goodbye to twenty-two good friends. 13 August 2010

  • Helicopter at Davis Point

    6 August 2010

    Two matters have particularly dominated Macquarie Island life in the past week: helicopter operations to finish off the season’s pest eradication program activities, and preparations for the imminent ship arrival. 6 August 2010

  • Clear on the coast but fog on the plateau

    30 July 2010

    It is always surprising to see how much marine debris washes up, even in this wildest and cleanest of oceans.  It is always surprising to see how much marine debris washes up, even in this wildest and cleanest of oceans.  …

  • Macquarie Island Isthmus and station seen from the south

    23 July 2010

    A busy week in the field: marine debris collected from the west coast, surveying the results of the previous bait spreading, and supplying weather reports from the south and middle of the island for helicopter operations. A busy week in the field: marine debris collected from the west coast, surveying the results of the previous bait spreading, and supplying weather reports from the south and middle of the island for helicopter operations. …

  • Leopard seal

    9 July 2010

    This week at Macquarie Island comes from Fred Olivier. A rapid succession of fronts brought fierce northwest winds right through the week, followed by snow showers and rain – sounds like last week, doesn't it? Well it was, and it …

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