This week at Macquarie Island

  • 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 …

  • John D, Denis and John O climb Gadget Gully

    2 July 2010

    Pest eradication continues.

  • Tables ready for Midwinter day dinner at Macquarie Island

    25 June 2010

    This week's news is brought to you by rodent eradicator Marty. There was no shortage of action this week on Macca, with everything from pest extermination to a mid-winter frolic in the coast to coast aquatic event. Great to see …

  • A mouse investigating a bait pellet on Macquarie Island

    18 June 2010

    The week's activities on Macquarie Island, as usual, were a result of the ever-dominating weather. Regrettably it failed to provide the sort of conditions needed to undertake the first all-island bait drop of the pest eradication campaign, but instead brought …

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