This week at Macquarie Island

  • Tent and elephant seal

    4 September 2009

    It's back to the island this week, and throughout the week everyone has been trickling back to base after a couple of the busiest weeks in the field we've had. We stretched our numbers on station to a minimum as …

  • 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, …

  • 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...

  • Helen, Krystyna, Antho, Andy and Jared prepare for the wilds

    30 October 2009

    Macca welcomes summer expeditioners with tours and celebrations, LARK repairs, marine debris collected and ready for RTA, Eddie is growing up, lake core-sampling and elephant seal census completed.

  • 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. …

  • 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 …

  • Two plumbers standing on the side of a damn, inspecting

    18 September 2009

    Another week has gone by, here on Macca, and the wildlife are still pouring in for the breeding season. A few more elephant seal pups have popped up around the isthmus, reminding the expeditioners here what an amazing place this …

  • 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 … …

  • Marine beacon found washed up in Langdon Bay on Macquarie Island

    10 July 2009

    While conducting the monthly bird surveys Dave and Sarah came across a marine beacon, which had been washed ashore in Langdon Bay on the west coast. It is thought that the beacon, the base of which stood about 70cm high, …

  • Toy soldier found washed up at Bauer Bay on Macquarie Island collected as part of marine debris

    3 July 2009

    Over the last week many of the crew have jumped at taking an opportunity to get out into the field. With the station returning to normal following our mid winters celebrations (and the winning of the short movie award), a …

  • View of Macquarie Island from Station Leaders room including rainbow

    3 April 2009

    Howdy all. After the departure of the Aurora Australis, with last years crew on board, minus a few that somehow managed to stay ashore, the new batch of winterers are settling in. During the mayhem of resupply, not all of …

  • Macquarie Island Expeditioners during a familiarisation trip

    17 April 2009

    Well, what a fun couple of weeks we have had… The weekend of the 4th& 5th saw Ranger Dave take Tom, Jason and James out for their island familiarisation trip. Followed by Sway and Jules, who, on the 7th– 9th, …

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