This week at Macquarie Island

  • 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 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 … …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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 …

  • 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...

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