This week at Mawson: 18 July 2008

A beach party, three days of blizzard, a day trip to Auster Rookery, installation of a new heat exchanger to engine No. 1 in the main power house, general works and maintenance programs, and various stock takes dominated out time during the week.

The Beach Party

To encourage the sun to come back, last Saturday night we held a 'beach party' in the dieso's workshop. 17 beach party go-ers wearing boardies, Hawaiian shirts, cossies, sarongs, beach hats and zinc cream UNDER their freezer suits and down jackets left the red shed for the workshop in a mild blizzard.

We had it all….spa, coconut trees, surfboard, music, BBQ and salads.

Saturday Night 'Beach Party' at Mawson Station
Geoff, Dom and Charlie after catching a wave ???
Photo: David W
Expeditioners enjoying the Saturday night 'Beach Party' at Mawson Station
Robyn and Gary at the beach party
Photo: David W
Expeditioners enjoying the Saturday night 'Beach Party' at Mawson Station
Tony, Boj and Charlie keeping an eye on the BBQ
Photo: David W
Mawson Station Expeditioner entering the Michael Kilm (Australian swimmer) Look-a-like competition
Michael Klim drops in (Charlie)
Photo: David W
Mawson Station Expeditioners in the spa at the Saturday night 'Beach Party'
Ros and Robyn in the spa
Photo: David W
Mawson Station Expeditioners at the Saturday night 'Beach Party'
Charlie, Boj, Geoff, Dom and Graeme waiting for the surf to pick up
Photo: David W
Mawson Station Expeditioners relaxing in the spa at the Saturday night 'Beach Party'
Tony, Boj and Dom chilling out
Photo: David W

On the job

As well as our general works and maintenance programs this week for all 17 Mawsonites, Charlie installed the first of four heat exchangers in the main power house, Nick and Graeme commenced work on erecting the wall panels to the first floor of the green store mezzanine project – when completed this area will house a change room, toilet, spa and sauna.

And Boj, after being woken a number of times one night during the week as a result of a few power outages was on a mission to find the cause of the problem in the main power house.

Mawson Station Plumber installing a heat exchanger in the Main Power House
Charlie installing the heat exchanger
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Carpenters erecting wall panels in Green Store
Graeme and Nick erecting wall panels
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Electrician fault finding in the Main Power House
Boj fault finding – Main Power House
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Plant Inspector at work
Dom working on 'stuff'
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Supervising Communications Technical Officer servicing GPS systems in Hagglund vehicle
Jodi working on the haggs GPS
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Chef hard at work
Zane 'Bee Gee's' Hacker in the kitchen
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station Expeditioner on slushy (domestic and kitchen) duty
Dom hard at work as slushy
Photo: Robyn M

A three day blizzard

Rain, hail, sunshine or even a three day blizzard doesn't stop the Mawson team from working…..the following photos are of expeditioners making their way back to the red shed for lunch during an 80 knot blow.

Mawson Station Leader making her way to the Red Shed during a blizzard
Narelle on her way back to the red shed
Photo: Robyn M
Expeditioner in protective clothing arriving at Mawson Station Red Shed during blizzard
Jodi well covered
Photo: Robyn M
Mawson Station expeditioners making their way to Red Shed through blizzard for lunch
Charlie and Geoff can smell lunch from a mile off
Photo: Robyn M

Auster Rookery

Gary, Robyn, David and Geoff headed out to Auster Rookery on Tuesday to check on 'the boys'. Most males at Auster are still incubating eggs and were seen in a slow procession across the ice, relocating the site of the huddle.

As it turned out, several females had returned, in timing with the hatching of the very first chicks. Several loud cheeps could be heard, and the group were treated to the sight of a pair of proud parents admiring their new arrival.

Robyn and Gary will continue to keep a close eye on the rookery, counting discarded eggs, and monitoring activities as the females return, chicks hatch, and the males (who go without food for the 65 days it takes to incubate the egg) are relieved of their duties and head out to sea for a much-needed meal.

The next major sampling session is on target for late July, when Gary and Robyn, with support station personnel will continue their study into the presence of avian viruses in emperor penguins.

Mawson Station Expeditioner preparing to leave station for Auster Emperor penguin Rookery
David ready to leave station for Auster
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Expeditioner loading up Hagglund for day trip to Auster Emperor penguin Rookery
Gary loading up the hagg for the day trip to Auster
Photo: Tony D'A
Mawson Station Expeditioners taking photos at Auster Rookery
Geoff and David taking photos at Auster Rookery
Photo: Robyn M
Male Emperor penguin on the march with their eggs at Auster Rookery
Male emperor's on the march with their eggs
Photo: Robyn M
Emperor Penguins at Auster Rookery near Mawson Station
Auster Rookery
Photo: Robyn M
The first chick of the season spotted at Auster Emperor penguin Rookery
Our first chick sighting !!!! YAY !!!
Photo: Robyn M
Male Emperor penguin at Auster Rookery looking closely at its egg
Not long now before 'it' hatches
Photo: Robyn M

Sacrificial Offering to the Blizz Gods

This week Mawsonites while finishing off lunch were entertained when they saw the Doc (Peter) walk out of the hydroponics shed (into a blizz) carrying two bundles of fresh produce. Not far from the red shed the Doc lost 2 of his lettuces to the wind – Mawsonites watched the lettuce take off down towards Horseshoe Harbour with the Doc in full pursuit with Andrew offering assistance.

They were only able to find one lettuce and just before he got back to the red shed the nasty wind took hold of it again….it was never to be seen.

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