Photographing Penguins

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This week at Mawson: 12 August 2011

On station like anywhere else in the world as the working week progresses your mind tends to flit to what you will be doing on the weekend. At this time of year the penguins out at Auster are hatching and therefore if you are going to make a trip off station, this is the place to go. So that’s exactly what a few of us did.

Lisa, Ian, Cotty and I set off shortly after lunch on Friday on Quads for Auster. As we made our way there, sadly, the wind started picking up, the light began to fail, and we encountered a few patches of heavily snowed sastrugi. Opinions from the group on this challenge varied between: a lot of fun; adrenaline pumping; and exactly what you don’t want on a Friday after a hard week. Anyways after travelling the 50 km or so to the huts we could settle in for the night and have a fantastic re-heated meal of veal chops to start and then spag bol for main, all pre-prepared by our resident Master Chef, Scotty.

We set off early next morning to the rookery. It is a particularly great time to visit at the moment, as the lady penguins have largely returned from the ice edge, the chicks have just hatched, and when we were there it wasn’t particularly cold so there was a large amount of activity. So here are a few pics to give you a taste of what you could be doing on the weekend if you made a trip down to Mawson.

Expeditioner on Quad bike
Quads
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Expeditioner poses on Quad bike
Cotty
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Emperor Penguins
Two Emperor penguins
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Emperor penguins
Three Emperors
(Photo: Rich Baker)
One Emperor penguin lying on its belly  with another standing by.
Lying down in the job.
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Emperor penguins
Check out my guns.
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Emperor penguin with chick
Chick says 'Hi'.
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Emperor Penguins with chick
Coming up for air.
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Emperor penguins with chick
Chick close up.
(Photo: Rich Baker)
Quads surrounded by penguins
Quads surrounded by inquisitive penguins
(Photo: Rich Baker)
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