This week at the station
This week at Mawson: 30 August 2013
Big bird facts
Emperors are so big they have to mate at the beginning of winter as there is not enough time in the short Antarctic summer for the chicks to grow into sea-going adults.
The females then return to the sea, leaving the eggs with the males who hold them on top of their feet to keep them off the ice.
The male Emperors cannot feed for four months. All they can do while waiting for the females to return is endure the most demanding of conditions on earth and maybe watch the southern lights. Then the females will return allowing the males to venture to the sea for a feed.
The Dog Room
The “Dog Room” is situated at the northern end of the top floor of the Red Shed, apart from being filled with the history, photographs and artifacts from the sledding days, its best feature, in my opinion, is the view. There are not many (if any) places inside a building that offer anything near as magnificent. It is the perfect place to sit and relax and take in the ever changing scenery that is Mawson.