This week at Macquarie Island

  • A growing harem of elephant seals

    25 September 2009

    It's been another busy week on Macca with trips out, work programs continuing and wildlife abounding on the great green sponge. The elephant seals are gathering in large numbers with harems beginning to form and more pups being born … …

  • A rare windless day, with calm seas, on Macca

    2 October 2009

    The last week has seen the best day we have had on the island this year. Monday was windless and sunny, with flat seas, and a balmy 4.8° C. Except for the missing piña coladas, we could have believed we …

  • King penguin with chick

    11 September 2009

    It's an animal extravaganza at Macca these days with plenty of wildlife arriving to make the most of the absolutely spectacular weather we have been having over the past week. Not only have leopard seals, Hooker sea lions, Antarctic terns, …

  • Two IRBs on calm beach

    28 August 2009

    Not too much to report from Macca this week, things are generally ticking along, as they do.Over the last few weeks our ranger, Dave, has been busy scouring the coast line for marine debris that has washed up – this …

  • Macquarie Island Expeditioner geared up for snow

    31 July 2009

    Welcome to another weekly news from the greenish-white sponge. Our icy snap last week ended on Saturday, with Jason lifting the water embargo, allowing everyone to finally wash their clothes … and themselves. We are now all happy to be …

  • Macquarie Island Expeditioners stop for smoko

    7 August 2009

    It's been another busy week on the soggy sponge, with the monthly marine debris survey kicking off another week. Cyril, Graham, Dave Sarah and Julie took to Bauer Beach in search of rubbish. Even though the sun tried hard to …

  • Two expeditioners at their birthday celebrations

    14 August 2009

    Another seven days goes by on Gods' own subantarctic hideaway. We started the week with a couple of birthdays which were a great excuse for an equal number of parties. Sarah turned twenty one again and Duds is hoping everyone …

  • Giant Petrel watching the world go by

    9 October 2009

    Another busy week on Macca in the lead up to the ship arriving. Soon our small community of 15 will be inundated by a ship full of summer expeditioners, round-trippers and a suite of people to help refuel the station. …

  • Station cleaning

    16 October 2009

    Five-yearly elephant seal census, preparation for arrival of Aurora Australis, resupply and new crew, croissant-making lessons and a poem...

  • Overland Track looking north

    27 November 2009

    Field expeditioners return to station for much-needed showers, preparing hospitality for tourists, resupply of field huts and SAR and first aid training.

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